March 24, 2012
Red Bulls striker Agudelo out of Olympic qualifying tournament with torn meniscus
By Michael Lewis
|Juan Agudelo is out of the Olympic qualifying tournament.
Michael Stephens/Dallas Soccer News
NASHVILLE -- The news was the worst for U.S. striker Juan Agudelo, who learned he was sidelined for the rest of the CONCACAF men's Olympic qualifying tournament with a torn meniscus.
Agudelo was forced from the U.S.’s 6-0 rout of Cuba in its tournament opener on Thursday with “a knock,” on his leg according to coach Caleb Porter.
He did not practice with the team on Friday.
It was not known how long Agudelo will be sidelined. The Red Bulls team physician will make a determination on whether Agudelo will undergo surrgery.
Agudelo will return to New Jersey to consult with the doctor.
Agudelo, who scored one goal and almost had another in the match at LP Field was replaced, at halftime by Teal Bunbury.
““I feel bad for the guy," U.S. captain and midfielder Freddy Adu said after the U.S.'s 2-0 loss to Canada on Saturday. ".You know, as a team, you need a guy like Juan. He’s a big part of our team, and it’s difficult for all of us. We still have to move on.
"We have guys that can step in and get the job done. Whether it be Teal [Bunbury] or Terrence [Boyd], they can get the job done for us, and they’ve done it in the past.”