Orlando City midfielder Darwin Ceren won’t be available to play for up to 6 weeks after spraining his ankle Sunday afternoon in Kansas City.
The loss of Ceren, the 2015 MLS Latino del Ano and one of the top defensive midfielders in Major League Soccer, will not help Orlando City’s efforts towards turning around what’s been an unconvincing first 10 games from the second year expansion team. Luckily for the Lions, the Copa America break means they only have 5 games in the next 6 weeks.
Ceren’s absence will be felt heavily as he seemed to be Orlando City’s most consistent performer over the last month or so. This is a huge opportunity for struggling midfielder Antonio Nocerino to get minutes in the center of the midfield, where he has played most of his career, rather than on the left wing where he’s been playing for the Lions.
It will be interesting to see if Orlando City Head Coach Adrian Heath will take the chance on Nocerino or go with the safe option in defensive midfield, Servando Carrasco.
Who knows; Maybe putting Nocerino as a defensive midfielder means Heath can open up the left wing for Brek Shea and start Luke Boden at left back? A move that a lot of fans have been calling for all season. We might see a completely different starting 11 come Saturday against the Montreal Impact.
Orlando City will have to navigate the next month or so without their second captain and it will be interesting to see how the squad reacts.
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