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Rafa Márquez Sustains Hamstring Injury In Gold Cup Final

No Rafa, we cry.
No Rafa, we cry.

Just before halftime in the Gold Cup Final, Mexico captain and New York Red Bulls centerback Rafael Márquez pulled up with an apparent right leg injury. After receiving some treatment on the field, Márquez was helped on to a stretcher and taken off of the pitch.

Early reports indicate that Márquez injured his hamstring, an injury that does not bode well for his chances to return for the Red Bulls against the San Jose Earthquakes next Saturday. The Mexican captain was out for several games before the tournament began with a groin strain, and should this current injury be a serious one, New York could end up missing one of their most important players for more than a month and a half in total.

The other Red Bulls involved in this Gold Cup Final, Tim Ream and Juan Agudelo of the United States, are both on the bench, although Agudelo may feature in the second half should the USA need a late goal.