For the fourth time this season, an MVP-caliber player has been sidelined by a reckless tackle in MLS action.
Fortunately for Seattle, the damage is relatively limited this time around, as Sounders winger Mauro Rosales suffered only a slight MCL tear after a needless challenge by DC United defender Daniel Woolard in the 90th minute of Seattle’s 3-0 win this past Saturday.
Rosales could return as early as Oct 3, the eve of Seattle’s US Open Cup final against Chicago.
The 30-year-old Argentine, who has five goals and a club-record 12 assists this season, joins Dallas’s 2010 league MVP David Ferreira, Seattle’s speedy winger Steve Zakuani, and Real Salt Lake’s playmaker Javier Morales as highly skilled players who suffered unsettling injuries in MLS action this year. (Ferreira and Morales both hope to return in time for the MLS playoffs; Zakuani is out for the year.)
Rosales is not only an MVP candidate, he’s also hands-down the best bargain in the league right now. The former Ajax and River Plate star, who has 10 caps and one goal for Argentina, is making just $42,000 for Seattle. Look for that to change next year.