While he’s gone under the radar a bit since entering MLS in 2016, Ronald Matarrita has quickly become one of the league’s top outside backs.
However, New York City FC will have to make due without the Costa Rican international after the club revealed he’ll be out four to six weeks with a high ankle sprain.
Since joining NYCFC last season, Matarrita has made 33 league appearances for the club in both the regular season and playoffs, while adding a goal and eight assists to his resume.
With NYCFC thin at the left back position, manager Patrick Vieira could potentially look at utilizing a three-back system over the next several weeks, which is something the Frenchman has done in the past.
Matarrita has also become a staple of Costa Rica’s starting XI on the international stage, including most recently with his home nation during CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.
Given the timetable the left back is expected to be out, Matarrita will likely miss key matches against Orlando City, Columbus Crew, Atlanta United and FC Dallas, with the club hoping to have him back by May 17 when the Bronx side travels to Utah to face Real Salt Lake for the second of a four-match road trip.Follow @MattReedFutbol