This was Daniel Royer's first experience playing a soccer game inside a baseball stadium, maybe he doesn't want that experience again aftee the challenge he took in the 12th minute.
After going down along the far side of the field and riving in pain to attempt to cross the ball, Royer felt tremendous paon to his right knee and was subbed out for Alex Muyl in the 14th minute.
It looked like either he was sat on by the NYCFC defender, or he slipped on the temporary grass that covered the dirt warning track along the Left Center Field Wall. But it doesn’t matter, Royer picked up an injury at the wrong time.
After the match at the press conference, Jesse Marsch informed the media that X-Rays were negative, but alao informed that Royer would be going for an MRI on Tuesday, August 8th.
Thankfully the MRI showed norhing and Royer will be week to week with a Hyper Extension to his right knee and a bone brusie.
Honestly that is great news for the Red Bulls as he will be available to come back to finish the season. After being awarded the leagues player of the month in July, it looks like he will be missed for all of August.
He will be missing for the home match against Orlando City this coming weekend as well as the Semi-Final tilt at FC Cincinnati in the US Open Cup, then the road trip to Portland.
Royer has had a solid season being second on the club with 10 goals behind BWP's 13 that leads the club. He also scored the matxh winner against NYCFC in the 4th round of the US Open Cup which makes 11 in all competitions.
Jesse Marsch and the club are so lucky and of course extremely grateful that Royer's injury wasn't worse or could've been out for the rest of this season, but now it's next man up to take his place.
We shall see what happens if Alex Muyl takes his spot or will we see Gonzalo Veron make a case to take a starting spot back and look dangerous for the club.