Sporting Kansas City’s already depleted back line suffered another massive blow on Sunday when the clubs official website announced that right back Chance Myers is out for the rest of the season.
The website said the 26-year-old “will undergo surgery on Wednesday to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon in his left ankle and will miss the remainder of the 2014 season.”
The former University of California, Los Angeles player picked up the injury in the 36th minute of a 2-2 draw against Toronto FC. Because of Kansas City’s lack of defenders, Myers was playing as a center back against the Eastern Conference foe.
The right back, who just signed a contract extension before the season started, said “I will work hard to not only come back from this injury, but to come back stronger. I wish my teammates the best of luck during the remainder of the season and will support the team any way I can.”
After losing Ike Opara to a season ending ankle injury, Aurelien Collin to a hamstring injury, Matt Besler and Lawrence Olum to international duty, Peter Vermes is disappointed to see lose another defender.
The head coach said, “Obviously, it’s a blow to the team because he is an important member of our group. It will be hard to replace his qualities and experience, but we will do the best we can during his absence and look forward to seeing him back on the pitch.”
However, Vermes praised his fallen right back and believes Myers will work hard in order to return as soon as possible.
“He has worked very hard and always takes care of himself to make sure he is prepared to play,” Vermes said. “Getting a serious injury is never an easy thing to cope with, but I have full faith that he will work hard to come back and continue to be an important member of our club.”
In his seventh year with the team, Myers is regarded as one of the best right backs in Major League Soccer and he’s a fan favorite in Kansas City. The No. 1 overall pick from the 2008 SuperDraft has played 123 games for the club, and was a big part of the club’s 2013 MLS Cup winning team.
In 26 starts last season, Myers scored two goals and created three goals. This season, he’s failed to find the back of the net in 576 minutes, but he’s recorded an assist.
With the injury blow to Myers, Vermes might have to start young center back Erik Palmer-Brown against New York Red Bulls on Tuesday. The 17-year-old struggled in his first MLS appearance against Chicago Fire last Sunday.
The American youngster gave away a penalty kick in the first half and received a red card in the second half. Palmer-Brown struggled to keep up with last year’s MVP Mike Magee and his partner Quincy Amarikwa.
Despite the center back’s lackluster performance, Vermes said, “I thought in a lot of situations he was actually very good, but it was about him getting his debut. We put a lot of pressure on him today to have to come in there and step in, and I thought he did well with the opportunity.”