Moreno Exits, Torres Stays Home
After struggling with a chronic knee problem for much of the season, it appeared as though forward Alejandro Moreno had re-aggravated the injury when he came up limping early in the first half of a 2-0 loss to D.C. United Sunday. The veteran momentarily attempted to stay on, but was clearly unable to run at full speed and came off in the 16th minute.
After the match, Moreno revealed that it wasn't a recurrence of the same injury. Rather, he tweaked his right hamstring, but is hopeful the injury won't force him to miss any further action.
“My hamstring tightened up and then got rolled up over,” Moreno said after the match. “I’m going to work on it. Hopefully, I’ll be good for Saturday."
Still working his way back to full strength following an injury of his own, midfielder Roger Torres didn't even make the trip to RFK Stadium. The 19-year-old had come off the bench in two straight matches after missing almost a month with a right ankle sprain.
"Roger is still recovering from the ankle contusion he had," said Union Manager Peter Nowak. "(With) the injury, it was a tough week for him. We thought it'd be good to keep him away, especially playing against a team who is physical, who is going to fight for three points. He's normal back in practice but for this game we thought it was better to keep him away."
The Union return to MLS action this Saturday, August 28 against the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium.