It has been determined by Colorado Rapids medical staff that team captain Drew Moor will miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament and lateral meniscus in his right knee.
Early into Sunday night's match between the Rapids and DC United, Moor went down without contact after chasing DC midfielder Luis Silva. In attempting to cut off Silva's path as he streaked to goal, Moor cut back hard on his right leg, stumbled and went to the ground as Silva went on to score.
In the lead up to the injury, United's Taylor Kemp stole the ball from Rapids midfielder Nick LaBrocca and quickly made the pass to Silva who shot through the Colorado back line on the counterattack. After Moor went down, Silva curled it around keeper Clint Irwin, who was helpless to stop the game's opening goal in the twelfth minute.
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Moor's absence from the field will not go unnoticed. A steadfast force at the back and a threat in the air, his season ends with two goals, an assist and only two yellow cards. Both goals were the result of headers from set pieces.
Moor's leadership on the field will also be missed as the Rapids' season heads into its final stretch. The 11-year MLS veteran has started all but one game he has played in since 2006 and all 23 games of his sixth season in Colorado, thus far. Moor remains hopeful, calling the injury a "freak" accident.
Thomas Piermayr and John Neeskens are the only remaining defenders with any game time this season, albeit Piermayr has started nine games this season and Neeskens, only one. Colorado may focus on developing younger talent with the balance of the season.
This is not the first loss incurred by the Rapids defense. In July, Shane O'Neill sprained his right knee on the road against the Philadelphia Union. While recent MRI's show physical progress, O'Neill is continuing to rehabilitate the injury through plasma injections. The platelet-therapy is meant to assist in the healing process of the knee, which is still exhibiting pain.
Rapids outside the playoffs
At the time of this writing, Colorado are currently seventh in MLS Western Conference standings, and three points out of playoff contention with only ten games left to play on their schedule.
Their next game is at home against the LA Galaxy on Wednesday night, the second of three scheduled matches between the two teams this season. In their first meeting on May 3, the Rapids defeated the Galaxy by a score of 1-0.