Nothing is official, but early signs regarding Chris Tierney’s injury aren’t good.
Just before halftime, Tierney collapsed to the turf with a non-contact knee injury. The veteran left back was quickly replaced with Gabriel Somi, who played out the game.
During his post-game press conference, head coach Brad Friedel said that an MRI was needed to gather more information, though he wasn’t overly optimistic after what he saw happen on the field.
“It doesn’t look great at this moment in time,” Friedel explained. “We haven’t had the MRI, so let’s wait until tomorrow before we release a statement, but it doesn’t look outstanding at this moment in time.”
Tierney entered the season as a backup to Somi, who transferred to MLS after six years in Sweden. The two had split time recently, a sign that the competition had intensified.
While it may take another day or two to get an injury update, his teammates are sure that Tierney is already preparing for his comeback. Since joining the league in 2008, Tierney has proven to be a fighter that never lets an obstacle stand in his way.
“He’s a guy that is a veteran player, someone we all look up to, that busts his tail and works so hard every day in training, no matter if he’s in the lineup or not,” Teal Bunbury said. “I’m gutted for him, but I know his mind is already [focused on] getting back.”