With only three games left to go in the New England Revolution's MLS season, they will have to be without one of their key players on defense.
On Thursday, the team announced that rookie defender A.J. Soares will miss the rest of the regular season after undergoing ankle surgery earlier that day. While it would have been nice to have Soares in the Revolution's lineup, manager Steve Nichol believes that Soares needs time to fully recover and become 100 percent before playing again.
"It just makes sense," Revolution coach Steve Nicol told MLSsoccer.com. "Obviously, we'd like him to play in the remaining games. I think we're stronger with him playing. But it makes more sense to get done what he needs so, at the start of next season, he is 100 percent ready to go." (via MLS.com)
The 22-year old Soares started a total of 28 games, which was good enough for third on the team. While he spends most of his time preventing scoring chances, Soares scored his first career MLS goal in a 4-4 draw with the Philadelphia Union last month.