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Moor’s season-ending injury sends Rapids’ defense into upheaval

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The worst seemed possible when Colorado captain Drew Moor left Sunday’s game with an apparent knee injury. Today, those suspicious were confirmed. According to the club, the 30-year-old central defender will miss the rest of the season, a torn anterior cruciate ligament and lateral meniscus in Moor’s knee costing the Rapids their best defender.

The injury occurred 12 minutes into Sunday’s game at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., leaving Moor unable to exit the field under his own power.

“It’s hard to remember exactly what happened,” Moor said, according to the Rapids’ website. “I just remember running full speed one way, and cutting really hard when [Luis] Silva cut in. My right leg was planted pretty hard and when I opened up to reach back for the ball, my right leg didn’t move and all the weight just went into my knee. It was almost as if, for a split second, I could feel my knee turn into jelly.”

The injury leaves Pablo Mastroeni in search of solutions in central defense, where Moor joined the sidelined Shane O’Neill. Although O’Neill’s injury is less severe than his partner’s, there’s still no timetable on his return, with the 20-year-old still experiencing discomfort in his knee.


O’Neill suffered his injury on July 12 during a match against the Philadelphia Union and has been out since. An MRI scan last week showed that there was no further structural damage despite O’Neill still feeling pain in the joint.

That leaves Mastroeni with Marvell Wynne and rookie Jared Watts in the middle, a duo that was at the heart of a defense that conceded three times in Sunday’s final 24 minutes.

For a team that’s lost four in a row (as well as its standing amongst the West’s top five), the injury couldn’t have come at a worse time. Had this happened earlier in the season, Mastroeni would have had time to adjust. And if the Rapids weren’t in the middle of a slump, having all its players healthy, ready to provide solutions, would be less of an imperative.

Instead, Colorado is without one of its building blocks. With 10 games left in the season, Mastroeni needs to reestablish a foundation before he can launch a playoff run.

Zlatan becomes PSG’s all-time leading goalscorer

HARRISON, NJ - JULY 21:  Zlatan Ibrahimovic #10 of Paris Saint-Germain celebrates his goal in the second half against AFC Fiorentina during the International Champions Cup at Red Bull Arena on July 21, 2015 in Harrison, New Jersey.Paris Saint-Germain defeated ACF Fiorentina 4-2.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined Paris Saint-Germain in 2012, and he is already the club’s all-time leading scorer.

After scoring both of PSG’s goals in a 2-1 win over Marseille today, Zlatan’s tally is up to 110 goals for the club, eclipsing Pauleta’s mark of 109. However, Pauleta needed 79 more matches to reach that number.

Zlatan has scored at a blistering pace since moving to Paris, having seasons of 35, 41, and 30 goals in his first three years at the club. Early into his fourth season with PSG, he has four goals through seven matches.

Not only has Zlatan achieved great success individually during his time at Parc des Princes, the club has dominated French football during his tenure.

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Since Zlatan moved to Paris in 2012, the club has won three consecutive Ligue 1 titles, two League Cups, and one French Cup. During that time, Zlatan was twice named Ligue 1 Player of the Year and won two Golden Boots as the league’s top scorer.

Zlatan’s contract with PSG is up at the end of this season, and it has been long suspected that he will move on and join a new club next summer. Despite turning 34 earlier this month, Zlatan has proven his is still one of the world’s elite goalscorers, and will have his choice of clubs should he leave PSG.

Atletico and Real draw 1-1 in Madrid derby

MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 04: Karim Benzema of Real Madrid CF wins the header after Gabi Fernandez of Atletico de Madrid during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Real Madrid CF at Vicente Calderon Stadium on October 4, 2015 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Luciano Vietto scored with less than ten minutes to play to earn a draw for Atletico Madrid against their crosstown rivals Real.

Karim Benzema had given Real Madrid an early lead, heading home a cross from Dani Carvajal in the ninth minute. While Cristiano Ronaldo may get all the headlines, Benzema has been superb for Real, scoring six goals in seven La Liga matches this season.

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Atletico had a golden opportunity to draw level in the 22nd minute when the hosts were awarded a penalty, but Keylor Navas made a brilliant save to deny Antoine Griezmann, keeping Real ahead.

Still trailing 1-0, Diego Simeone made a substitution for Atletico in the 58th minute, bringing in Luciano Vietto for some added strength on the attack. It was the 21-year-old’s first taste of a Madrid derby, and he proved to be ready for the pressure.

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With the clock winding down, Jackson Martinez played a cross in from the left wing, and after a slight scramble in the box, the young Vietto cleaned up the scraps to level the score in the 83rd minute.

The result leaves Real Madrid second in La Liga, one point behind leaders Villarreal, while Atletico sits fifth, three points off the leaders.