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April 17, 2013
Olave forced to leave game, severity of the injury is unknown

By Kristian R. Dyer Contributing Editor

HARRISON, N.J. – For Jamison Olave, Wednesday night’s 1-0 loss to Kansas City at Red Bull Arena was a night he would rather forget.

The Colombian central defender’s night ended early with a left knee injury 31 minutes into the match, causing head coach Mike Petke to insert Heath Pearce into the match at the 34th-minute mark. The initial take from Petke is that the injury won’t be a long-term concern.

“Olave, the initial feedback from the trainer’s – I don’t want to label it – but it’s not like an MCL tear, or an ACL tear or anything like that as far as I know,” Petke said.

“I think it was just a little twist. To the extent of how bad it is, I don’t know yet.”

But even before that, it wasn’t a good night for Olave.

Sporting’s lead and the beginning of Olave’s rough game came in the 13th minute. Aurelein Collin rather easily muscled off Olave, rising to power with his head a Graham Zusi corner kick past Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles at the near post. For the physical defender, it was a rare moment in his illustrious MLS career when he lost an aerial battle.

Making matters worse, the early substitution of Olave from the match had repercussions for Petke’s man management not just in this match but for this weekend as well. With Saturday afternoon’s fixture with New England representing the Red Bulls third match in the span of a week, using a substitution on a defender just one-third of the way into the match was surely not part of Petke’s game plan.

Despite being a center back, Olave entered the game with three goals and is the team’s leading scorer.

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