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Red Bulls midfielder Valot suffers torn ACL

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According to multiple reports, New York Red Bulls midfielder Florian Valot suffered a torn ACL during the 4-1 win over San Jose on Saturday.

Valot was fouled from behind in the 35th minute by San Jose defender Judson who followed through with a scissor motion, and as Valot went to ground his body clearly contorted in an awkward direction, leaving him in a heap on the ground as he clutched his right knee.

The injury is a cruel blow to the 26-year-old who missed the second half of last season after tearing the ACL in his left knee in early July.

There is no timetable for his return, as that will be determined after his operation is complete, according to Panizo. With most ACL injuries, surgery to complete the repair often must wait days or even weeks as the swelling must come down first. It’s possible that this injury has happened early enough for Valot to return this season, but that will not be decided until a later date.

“I think I almost started crying when I saw that,” said Red Bulls winger Daniel Royer after the match, “because I know how hard he’s working, I know how tough it is to get back from a long-term injury. He was working so hard and doing so well like now when he came back, and he’s really important to the team so that was a terrible moment.”

The French-born midfielder came to the United States in 2014 after being let go by Monaco’s reserve squad. He played for Rider University for two years before joining the New York Red Bulls II in the summer of 2016, and rose to the big league club before the next season.

“When you look at the sort of season he had last year where he was so good for us and he was a really big surprise, and then for him to go down in practice with an ACL, you can’t help but let that thought into your mind,” goalkeeper Luis Robles said. “As a teammate you care for your guys, and that was my first thought, ‘please I’m hoping that he’s ok.'”

AFCON Wrap: Nigeria beats Tunisia for third-place

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After two years of not qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations, Nigeria completed its run at the tournament as the third best team in Africa.

The Super Eagles defeated, Tunisia, 1-0, in Cairo, Egypt in the third-place game. Former Watford forward Odion Ighalo scored his tournament-leading fifth goal in just the third minute.

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Ighalo took advantage of a terrific cross from Jamilu Collins and a mistake between Tunisia’s Moez Ben Cherifia in goal and centerback Yassine Meriah. Ben Cherifia parried the cross away but Meriah ended up right next to Ben Cherifia and the ball deflected off Meriah towards Ighalo. Ighalo was quickest to the ball and toe-poked it home for the early goal.

Both teams had chances to score later in the match, but they lacked the finishing touch. Ferjani Sassi put a shot just wide for Tunisia, while Wilfried Ndidi skied a chance of his own.

Nigeria could have made it 2-0 if not for a great save late from Ben Cherifia. A free kick from Samuel Kalu in the 90th minute was tipped just over the bar by Ben Cherifia, a highlight save but one that was a bit too late for Tunisia.

Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi started and went the full 90 as a support striker. He’ll likely get a few weeks off before joining up with the rest of Arsenal for the tail-end of preseason, and he’ll likely miss the first few weeks of the Premier League season due to the late finish for the Africa Cup of Nations.

Must-See Goal: Gustavo Bou

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Gustavo Bou had his ‘Welcome to MLS’ moment on Wednesday, and it didn’t even take an entire half in his league debut.

The Argentine, just a week after signing with the New England Revolution, announced himself to the home fans with an incredible golazo on the volley off a corner kick. The goal put the Revolution up 1-0 over the Vancouver Whitecaps in the first half.

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Bou joins MLS coming off a half season where he scored 10 goals in 16 games for Club Tijuana in Liga MX. He spent the Apertura, or fall half of the season with his former club in Argentina, Racing.

Watch the goal below.

New England Revolution coach Bruce Arena even had a quick quip after the goal was scored when interviewed at halftime.

Must-See Goal: Jozy Altidore

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If Jozy Altidore keeps up his current scoring pace, U.S. Men’s National Team coach Gregg Berhalter will have no choice but to start him in the future.

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For the second consecutive game since returning from the Gold Cup, Jozy Altidore found the back of the net, and once again it was in tremendous fashion. Taking a cross in from the right, Altidore realized his near-post run was too close to goal. Instead of controlling the pass or letting it by him, Altidore caressed the ball with the inside of his right heel, directing the ball past New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles and in for a goal.

Altidore scored a brilliant free kick last week to help secure all three points. Toronto FC inside ten minutes is already on its way to another three.

Watch the goal below.

FOLLOW LIVE, MLS Wednesday: Atlanta, TFC, Red Bulls in action

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It’s an exciting four-game slate in some Wednesday MLS action, headlined by Toronto FC hosting the New York Red Bulls. Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore always seem to relish playing their old club, but it’s also a crucial game for the playoff picture

Toronto FC is right on the red line to make it into the playoffs, and three points tonight will go a long way to helping them make it there. The Red Bulls meanwhile can jump into second place with a win and will be just two points back from the first-place Philadelphia Union.

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Elsewhere, Atlanta United looks to rebound from a 2-1 defeat to the Seattle Sounders with a trip across the continent back home as Atlanta hosts the Houston Dynamo. Emerson Hyndman has earned the start for his new club while Brandon Vasquez starts ahead of MLS record signing Gonzalo “Pity” Martinez.

New addition Mo Adams also makes the bench for Atlanta.

Also tonight, the New England Revolution host the Vancouver Whitecaps, and new signing Gustavo Bou makes his first start for New England. In addition, the Chicago Fire host the Columbus Crew in a match between two struggling Midwest clubs.

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