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By RYAN TOLMICH
Chivas USA midfielder Thomas McNamara has seen his impressive rookie season cut short after it was revealed he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his right knee during last Saturday’s 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers.
The 23-year-old rookie is now set to spend a long period of time on the sidelines as the club announced Friday that McNamara has undergone surgery to repair the injuries.
The No. 22 overall pick in the 2014 MLS draft, McNamara started in all six of Chivas USA’s matches prior to his injury. His most impressive performance came back in March, when the Clemson product scored in his debut against the Chicago Fire, earning him the honor of SBI MLS Rookie of the Week.
Chivas USA will most likely be without McNamara for the rest of the season, but assistant coach Paul Caffrey believes someone else on the roster can fill the void.
“It’s next man up,” Caffrey said. “It’s definitely unfortunate for Thomas and for the club. But anytime it happens to any player, it becomes an opportunity for somebody else to stake a claim for the starting spot. That’s essentially what it’s about.”
Chivas USA’s first game without McNamara takes place this weekend when they host the Seattle Sounders.