Chris Tierney has made 20 or more starts in eight straight seasons dating back to 2010. But that streak won’t continue this year.
On Friday, the Revolution announced that Tierney tore his right anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during Wednesday’s match against Atlanta United. The 32-year-old left back exited the match in the 43rd minute while clutching his right knee. He will undergo surgery in the coming weeks and will not feature again this season. The Revolution hope Tierney will return to action during the 2019 preseason, though at this point, it’s nearly impossible to predict a timetable for the 11-year veteran’s recovery.
After making just three appearances in the Revolution’s first nine matches of the season, Tierney pushed his way into Brad Friedel’s Starting XI on May 12 against Toronto and again on May 19 against Columbus. He then played eight minutes against Vancouver before earning his third start of the season on Wednesday against Atlanta.
First-year defender Gabriel Somi figures to start at left back in Tierney’s absence.
The Bent Musket wishes Chris a productive surgery and a quick recovery. His presence will be missed this season.