MLS playoff notes: Rosales ruled out for first leg, Smith tears ACL and more

Rosales (Getty Images)

The Seattle Sounders enter the MLS playoffs as one of the league's hottest teams, but in order to find success in the first leg of the Western Conference semifinals, they'll have to do so without their midfield maestro.

Mauro Rosales has been ruled out of the first leg of the Sounders' series against Real Salt Lake, according to the Seattle Times. 

Rosales, who has been a key playmaker for the Sounders since joining the club this season, re-aggravated an MCL injury in the season finale against Chivas USA. He could potentially play a part in Wednesday's second-leg match should he respond to treatment over the next few days.

Here are a couple of other items involving MLS playoff teams:

RAPIDS' SMITH TEARS ACL

When Colorado Rapids midfielded Jamie Smith crumbled to the ground after a non-contact injury to his right leg late in Thursday night's win over the Columbus Crew, the worst fears were that he suffered a severe injury.

Those fears were realized when an MRI on Friday revealed a torn ACL in his knee, according to a team press release. The oft-injured Smith will have surgery on Tuesday, and will be out of action for approximately the next six months, meaning that he'll miss the rest of the postseason and the start of the 2012 season as well.

The injury opens up another hole for the Rapids in central midfield, where Pablo Mastroeni has missed time with a concussion. Barring Mastroeni getting cleared to play or bringing a starting winger in to play centrally, Ross LaBeaux and Joseph Nane are candidates to start against Sporting Kansas City.

ARENA OK WITH TRAVEL

The Los Angeles Galaxy have to make two cross-country trips as part of their conference semifinal matchup with the New York Red Bulls, and while they might not seem like ideal circumstances for a top overall seed, Galaxy coach Bruce Arena has no issue with the challenge ahead.

"We're aware of the fact that we were going to have to travel, it just happened to be New York," Arena said on a conference call with reporters on Friday. "That's OK, it's all part of the competition. I'd rather have to travel to New York than to Colorado (and deal with the altitude) in all honesty. I'm pleased where we are, and I look forward to the trip and the challenge."

Extended travel is nothing new for the Galaxy, who have had to make trips to Mexico, Honduras and Costa Rica over the last few months for CONCACAF Champions League play.

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How do you think Rosales' absence will impact the Seattle-RSL series? Think that Smith's injury is a big blow to Colorado's chances? What do you make of Arena's comments?

Share your thoughts below.

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14 Responses to MLS playoff notes: Rosales ruled out for first leg, Smith tears ACL and more

  1. Carl says:

    Interesting that Smith tore his ACL on a nice grass pitch.

    I tore my ACL on indoor turf and I’ve never been a fan of turf. But I’ve seen a number of injuries like Smith’s, on pristine grass fields.

    A couple of interesting studies, both supporting belief that turf is, in fact, worse for ACL injuries:

    link to sciencedaily.com

    link to profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

  2. Turgid Jacobian says:

    HOLY CRAP. I just read the paper described in your link (by Drakos). First, that dude is like a golden god :4 yr letterman in football at Harvard, biomech engineering degree, graduated medschool in the early ’00s and has 50 freaking papers already (I’m a recovering academic). Second, they used a cadaver leg with strain gauges implanted in it for some of their study.

  3. Carl says:

    Did not expect anyone to get this excited about medical studies on ACL injuries ;)

    Googled him, yes it appears Drakos is a baller:

    link to markdrakosmd.com

  4. Turgid Jacobian says:

    Hehe. It’s my trademark move: actually reading the papers described in science journalism. That’s my jam.

  5. T says:

    nooooooooo! (-_____-)

  6. Rev up those Revs says:

    Why is it that when MLS players tear their ACL it takes 6 months of recovery but in the NBA/NFL/MLB it’s a 9 month plus recovery period?

  7. Vnice says:

    Cuz soccer is gangsta, that’s why.

  8. WileyJ says:

    Word.

  9. marcus says:

    it’s usually 6-12 months. 6 months is very optimistic and not very likely.

  10. Lassidawg says:

    Special thanks to the dcu you player that took out Rosales on a meaningless tackle in the 87 minute. If the sounders don’t win we can thank two brutal tackles this year.

  11. Tito says:

    What about Luke Rodgers???

  12. Pete says:

    Or a Robbie Keane?

  13. Mitch says:

    cuz American soccer is gangsta, cuz

  14. Comaggio says:

    Settle better hope Rosales responds to some treatment