Dwayne De Rosario hit the big 100 Wednesday night in D.C., offering perhaps the quote of the year after doing so: “I figured, I’m either going to wake up tomorrow wondering what happened or I’m going to put it in the back of the net. It was a play I was willing to take.”
You know what would be nice? A video compilation of all his goals.
Bigger picture: Will MLS ever see another 100-goal scorer? Edson Buddle is eight away, so you gotta think he’ll get there. But after that… I don’t know, Kenny Cooper? And certainly, we’ll never see another season where a forward gets his 100th goal and a goalkeeper earns his 100th win (Matt Reis).
MLS 2012: Where milestones happen.
Vertonghen to miss 2 months with ankle ligament damage
Jan Vertronghen is expected to miss at least two months while recovering from ankle ligament damage, and it couldn’t have come at a worse time, with Tottenham Hotspur currently second in the Premier League, seven points back of leaders Chelsea.
Vertonghen suffered the injury in the 65th minute of Saturday’s 4-0 thrashing of West Bromwich Albion, when he went full-stretch to clear the ball along the sideline before landing on the outside of his left foot, causing the ankle to roll violently. The 29-year-old Belgian international was in clear, visible agony as he sat on the field at White Hart Lane and eventually limped down the tunnel.
The Guardian described the injury as “a tear lying between grades two and three, damage which had left Vertonghen in tears as he departed the turf at White Hart Lane and would normally rule him out at the very least until mid-March.”
In the meantime, Kevin Wimmer and Ben Davies will be tasked with filling the void for a Tottenham side which has conceded the fewest goals in the Premier League this season (14 in 21 games). (As a small aside, 19-year-old American center back Cameron Carter-Vickers is likely set for a handful of appearances as well, perhaps in the Europa League round of 32 and FA Cup fourth round, with Wimmer and Davies called upon for additional PL service.)
Wimmer filled in for Vertonghen for nearly three months last season, at the exact same point of the campaign (Jan. 20 through April 2). In Wimmer’s 10 PL starts during that stretch (Vertonghen out with knee ligament damage), Spurs conceded seven goals (seven wins and two draws). The loss of Toby Aldeweireld, for nearly two months back in October of this season, proved a far greater blow (two wins in six PL games), and Spurs should once again manage just fine for as long as Aldeweireld remains healthy alongside Eric Dier, Wimmer and Davies.
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