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Portland Timbers midfielder Eryk Williamson sustains ‘severe injury’ to knee

Aug 29, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Portland Timbers midfielder Eryk Williamson (19) reacts after suffering a leg injury during the first half against the Seattle Sounders FC at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 29, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Portland Timbers midfielder Eryk Williamson (19) reacts after suffering a leg injury during the first half against the Seattle Sounders FC at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The Portland Timbers are awaiting news about the severity of the injury to midfielder Eryk Williamson, who left Sunday night’s 2-0 win at Seattle with a knee injury.

“Very unfortunate, it’s a severe injury, his knee, his ACL,” coach Giovanni Savarese told reporters after the game. “We’ll see more after evaluation to give the right comment on the full details but it doesn’t look good. It looks very severe and most likely he won’t play for a while. At the moment it’s a sad situation.”

Williamson was injured early in Sunday’s game. He was attempting a pass near midfield when he went down without an opponent in the vicinity. He briefly got to his feet and tried to walk away before being stretchered off the field.

“So very unfortunate for a player that like Eryk that was doing so well, was growing,” Savarese said. “The future was very promising in what he was doing day by day, game by game. So it’s definitely the lowest point of the day and we just right now have to stay close to him support him, continue to work and make sure that he comes back strong. But it’s not a good situation.”

Williamson, 24, was a member of the USMNT’s Gold Cup-winning team this summer.

In his fourth season with Portland, he had a breakout year in 2020. In 21 games (17 starts), he scored three goals and had five assists. In 14 games (11 starts) this season, he has one goal and two assists.

The Timbers (8-7-3, 27 points) are in sixth place in the MLS Western Conference standings.

–Field Level Media