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By FRANCO PANIZO
The Colorado Rapids have been against the ropes in recent weeks, and they might have just been dealt the crushing blow.
The Rapids announced on Tuesday that centerback and captain Drew Moor has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament and lateral meniscus. Moor suffered the injuries and had to be stretchered off in the 12th minute of Colorado’s 4-2 loss at D.C. United on Sunday.
“It’s hard to remember exactly what happened,” the 30-year-old Moor told ColoradoRapids.com. “I just remember running full speed one way, and cutting really hard when (Luis) Silva cut in. My right leg was planted pretty hard and when I opened up to reach back for the ball, my right leg didn’t move and all the weight just went into my knee. It was almost as if, for a split second, I could feel my knee turn into jelly.”
The bad news comes during a rough stretch of the season that has seen Colorado fall to seventh place in the Western Conference. The reeling club has last four straight games, but are just three points shy of a playoff spot.
Moor, who joins fellow central defender Shane O’Neill on the sidelines, started and played in 23 games for Pablo Mastroeni’s side this season. Moor scored two goals and had one assist in this appearances.
What do you think of Moor being out for the season? Who should fill in for him in the the lineup? Are the Rapids’ playoff hopes all but over?
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