The news was finally confirmed by Atlanta United today, and it’s as everyone feared: Myles Robinson tore his Achilles tendon in the second leg against Chicago on Saturday.
This is perhaps one of the most devastating long-term injuries for the Five Stripes in a season already filled with misfortune. On a personal level for Miles, this could not have come at a worse time, as his aspirations to help lead the US men’s national team into the 2022 World Cup now seem highly unlikely.
On top of that, Atlanta United will now lose to their powerful defender who has barely missed a step since being promoted to one of the most consistent defensive players under Frank de Boer’s version of the team in 2019. He will also be the second captain to go down for the team in a very short time. Fortunately, Gonzalo Pineda will have options in the center back position, but the truth is that any team with Miles Robinson will always be safer defensively. Alex DeJean put in a great performance on call-up, so fans will likely see a duo of him and Alan Franco while George Campbell is also recovering from his injury. Also don’t be surprised to see the likes of Noah Cope and Bryce Washington from both teams being called up for upcoming matches over tough short-term agreements.
Needless to say, it’s a severe blow to Miles and the club no matter how you look at it. Ultimately, we hope Miles has a successful surgery and a speedy recovery, as he deserves to be straight back into the mix.
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