Well, that didn’t take long. We’ve discussed the pointlessness of MLS serving as a short-term rental shop, but we didn’t really address the perils. Sure enough, with the news of Gonzalez being loaned to Nuremberg having barely hit the wires, the young centerback is out for 6-9 months with a torn ACL.
The injury, which surely derails the hopes of Los Angeles winning the CONCACAF Champions League, will likely keep the Texan out of World Cup qualifying until the hex. If one considers that full recovery of an ACL often takes closer to two years, it’s a particularly devastating blow. Gonzalez is out of contract after this year — Nuremberg was rumored to be making a summer offer — and being hobbled will likely limit the ability of Gonzalez to find top-tier European employment.