What New York City fans feared on Sunday became reality today.
Forward Tony Taylor is out for the remainder of the season. Taylor, 25, had two appearances for New York City this season. He started Sunday's game against Portland, before suffering the injury in the 35th minute. As he planted his foot, his knee gave way. After a medical assessment, doctors determined Taylor tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and sustained lateral collateral ligament (LCL) damage.
It's a shame, because during the preseason, Taylor impressed observers with his speed and decision-making ability. Sunday's game was his first start, and before getting injured, Taylor was having a fine game, playing up top as part of a revamped 4-3-3 with Khiry Shelton and Patrick Mullins.
Taylor is the latest casualty of what's fast becoming an injury crisis for the club. Forward David Villa is nursing a nagging hamstring injury, defender Jason Hernandez has an injured calf muscle, whilst fellow defenders Josh Williams and Shay Facey are nursing adductor strains.
With Taylor out, the club now has four recognized forwards on the roster: Villa, Mullins, Shelton, and Adam Nemec. It's unknown yet whether Villa will play Friday against Chicago.