As of week 5 of the 2021 MLS season, D.C. United reported 11 players out with an injury, with one-third of their roster now unavailable.
Head coach Hernan Losada hoped with time that the list would shorten as players returned to the pitch. Instead of positive progression, however, the team appears to be on injury rotation as players switch their shifts.
During the last week of April, the list read as follows: Paul Arriola, Steven Birnbaum, Russell Canouse, Kevin Paredes, Jacob Greene, Bill Hamid, Chris Odoi-Atsem, Yordy Reyna, Nigel Robertha, and Griffin Yow.
Finally, Paul Arriola and Kevin Paredes became eligible to play just as Erik Sorga subbed into the injured list.
After a routine training session, reports began to pour that the standout player fell hurt and would be out for an undetermined amount of time. It has been weeks since his injury and Sorga has yet to grace Audi Field.
The situation remains grim for Losada and his team as rumors surfaced that Edison Flores could be ruled out as well for a possible hamstring injury.
The Peru international player walked off the field during the first couple minutes of the match against Philadelphia, causing chaos among the team’s staff. D.C. United has since confirmed that Flores’ injury will sideline the player for at least six weeks.
Desperate, Losada and fans looked to players like Drew Skundrich to keep the team afloat amid the crisis. Skundrich started the season as a second-division midfielder but quickly rose to a key factor in United’s starting line up. He’s made three consecutive starts while providing much needed stability.
But with United’s luck, Skundrich is now sitting injured, awaiting results to confirm whether surgery is necessary.
D.C. United is making emergency call ups from their second division team Loudoun United F.C. and the academy to salvage their position on the table and turn the season around.