Written by Patrick Echatah
Tyler Miller, the goalie for D.C. United, will miss the rest of the 2023 Major League Soccer season due to a ruptured rotator cuff.
Miller will need to have shoulder surgery to fix the damage, which will force the team to add him to the season-ending injury list. He sustained the injury on August 26 during the Black-and-Red’s 3-1 loss to the Philadelphia Union.
As D.C. United battles for an MLS playoff spot, head coach Wayne Rooney can anticipate relying on backup goalkeeper Alex Bono for the remainder of the season. The squad presently holds one of the two playoff wild card spots and is ranked ninth in the Eastern Conference.
The Black-and-Red would play in two single-game elimination games against the higher seed if they finished the season in ninth place.
According to league regulations, “if the score of a wild card game is tied at the end of regulation, no extra time will be played, and teams will participate in kicks from the penalty spot to determine the winner.” Additionally, the victor of each wild card match advances to play their conference’s top seed in the Round One Best-of-3 series.
Miller managed six clean sheets in 25 games to help the Black-and-Red achieve a 9W-12L-8D record, but his injury is a significant setback for Rooney as he tries to escape the wild card series and advance directly to the playoffs.
John Herdman has been officially named the new coach of MLS based club Toronto FC. Starting on October 1st, the 48-year-old will take over as Toronto FC’s next head coach in the MLS.
Herdman became the coach of Canada in January 2018 before leading the North American giants to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, their first appearance in 36 years.
“I’m keen to start this new opportunity with Toronto FC,” he said. “It’s the right time for a new challenge.” Toronto fired former head coach Bob Bradley in June and are currently towards the bottom of the MLS standings.
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