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Atlanta United fears Achilles injury for G Brad Guzan

Apr 16, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta United goalkeeper Brad Guzan (1) reacts in the first half against the FC Cincinnati at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta United is awaiting an official diagnosis of the injury sustained by goalkeeper Brad Guzan on Saturday night, but fears are it’s a serious Achilles injury.

He was taken off the field by stretcher in the 73rd minute of Saturday’s scoreless draw against FC Cincinnati.

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“I don’t want to talk about the details about the injury, but it doesn’t look good,” coach Gonzalo Pineda said after the game. “That’s why I’m sad, it’s not about the result or the performance, it’s about Brad’s injury. I have to wait for the scans and tests that they are going to do. No, it was not a knee injury, it was an Achilles injury.”

Guzan came off his line to stop a long ball from FC Cincinnati, fell over awkwardly on the non-contact play and pounded the turf. Bobby Shuttleworth replaced him in the match for Atlanta United (3-2-2, 11 points), which also has fellow goalkeeper Dylan Castanheira sidelined long-term due to a ruptured left Achilles tendon.

Guzan, 37, has made 204 career appearances (203 starts) with Chivas USA (2005-07) and Atlanta United (2017-22). He also owns 64 caps with the United States men’s national team.

“Brad is our captain, our leader, our heartbeat,” defender Andrew Gutman said. “It didn’t look good on the field obviously. We don’t know what the scans will be, but it’s a huge loss for us.

“He’s such a fantastic player, fantastic guy but we just have to support him throughout this whole process. He’s had such a great career and it can’t end like this and we just have to keep pushing him through and come back even stronger.”

–Field Level Media