San Jose forward Marcus Tracy tallied 14 minutes in yesterday’s 2-2 draw with Montreal. Those 14 minutes wiped away 3-1/2 years of pain, struggle, and determination.
Not since December of 2009 had Tracy made a 1st team appearance for any club – with Danish side Aalborg. Three seperate knee surgeries kept his soccer career at bay.
It hasn’t been a terribly long time since the 26-year old won the 2007 NCAA championship with Wake Forest and took home the Hermann Trophy along with it as best male collegiate player.
Quakes teammate Sam Cronin, who also paired with Tracy on the Deamon Deacons team that won it all, saw just how much the appearance meant to Tracy. “I’m incredibly happy for him. I know he’s had a really long road and just the way he’s continued to fight is unbelievable.”
The Connecticut product struggled mostly from patellar tendonitis – a condition more notably called “jumper’s knee” – in both sides, which sidelined him intermittently in the beginning of Aalborg’s 2009-2010 season, and ultimately sitting him down for good. The condition – often chronic – is characterized by inflammation and microscopic tears in the patellar tendon, which connects the kneecap to the tibia.
He decided to return to the United States to rehab and target a move to the MLS, which he did so via a lottery. The Earthquakes, with a 4.6% chance in the lotto, were the team to snatch up his rights. The lottery system was used because he was originally drafted by the Houston Dynamo and offered a contract, which he declined to join Aalborg.
Strikers Alan Gordon and Steve Lenhart are returning for the Quakes from suspension next weekend, so it remains to be seen how Tracy will fit into the short term plans of manager Frank Yallow.
Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.
Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.
Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.
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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.
With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.
Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.
City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.
Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.
Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.
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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.
Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.