Toronto FC has managed a two-game winning streak in MLS play for the first time all season and for a whopping 3rd time in the last 3 seasons. They’re playing better at times to give you the idea that there is hope after all, but still playing badly enough to get stuffed by the formerly awful Philadelphia Union. Well reality has set in that good things always come to an abrupt end for Toronto, as forward Danny Koevermans blew out his ACL in a 1-0 win in New England. He is out for the year, and with that, Toronto’s offense is sunk.
Toronto coach Paul Mariner had feared the worst, and that’s what he got Monday.
An MRI revealed that key striker Danny Koevermans, injured in a collision Saturday with New England defender A.J. Soares, has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
The 33-year-old Dutchman will be out the rest of the season and could miss a chunk of the next one given the normal lengthy recovery time for ACL surgery.
Koevermans is the only consistent goal-scorer and possibly one of the best attackers in Toronto FC history. At 33 with a serious knee injury, those days are essentially over. There is no depth at forward for TFC so I can’t see things improving from here. Koevermans is more or less responsible for the minor resurgence in the last few weeks, and now he’s gone for a long long long time.
I have no words. We are the MLS equivalent of the Cleveland Browns. What other team in this league has suffered a combination of bad luck, injuries, and dumbass management for an extended period of time? Only Toronto FC can make 6 years feel like 60.
Time to brace for impact as I can sense our annual summer meltdown coming now that there is absolutely no one who can fill Koevermans’ role, much less score 6 goals in 5 games like DK did.