UPDATE: Our luck is turning! Coops out only 3 weeks. Can you feel it turning?
Can the USMNT stop dropping like flies? Please.
The TSG brothers had this unfortunate exchange this evening.
Mark: “Kenny Cooper may have blown out his knee.”
Matt: “Are you kidding me?! So disheartening. I can’t take it anymore…I don’t want to live.”
(Well, that last part about “living” may have been absent.)
Mark: “If that’s the case, I’m leading the campaign to shut down our top 18 until May.”
To the best of current reports, USMNT hopeful and FC Dallas alum–wait why wasn’t he stationed in Slovakia and Denmark this week–Kenny Cooper may be out, for awhile. Coops is rumored to have blown out his ACL in practice. For a striker in particular, that is not best injury to sustain.
We’ll update you when there is official news, let’s just hope it doesn’t become official
A few weeks ago, Sunil Gulati made an excellent point in the press that we’ll reproduce here as the context present itself..
“We don’t have a lot of players playing at Man U and Barcelona,”
“We’re getting there. Those are some of the best clubs in the world, and it’s not like we have a lot of players playing there, so for people’s expectations to be that we’re going to go out and play like that, or have a high-level performance every time, it’s not the case.”
Gulati’s comments ring even more true as some of the USMNT’s most talented players continue to suffer from injuries. Whereas a team like England has a Joleon Lescott to fill in for a Rio Ferdinand, a team like Brazil can turn to Pato or the Hulk for striking power and a team like France can turn to Alou Diarra with Jeremy Toulalan battling fitness concerns, the USMNT does not have the same luxury.
Not now and not lurking in the ranks.
Let’s hope the run of unfortunate circumstances ends in 2009 and stops just short of something major to Coops. Let’s hope we don’t have to cross him of the striker-in-need list just yet.
Maybe we just need to keep a little horse placenta around?