Will Bruin suffered a torn meniscus in last week’s game against the Vancouver Whitecaps, Sounder at Heart has learned. It was not immediately clear if that is why Bruin came off in the 62nd minute, but he did collide with a defender shortly before being subbed off.
Bruin underwent arthroscopic surgery on Friday and is expected to miss at least a month.
The injury comes at a particularly inopportune time for the Sounders, who are entering one of their busiest months and are already short-handed due to injuries and international call-ups. Even before Bruin’s injury, the Sounders were unlikely to be able to fill out a full 20-player roster throughout July.
Jordy Delem and Jordan Morris are both likely out for the year; Nicolas Lodeiro and Stefan Frei still have undetermined return dates; Nouhou is still recovering from an adductor strain; Xavier Arreaga is still with Ecuador at the Copa America; and Alex and Cristian Roldan are both going to join their respective Gold Cup squads soon.
Although Bruin had not yet scored this season, he had started eight matches and played in 10. Bruin’s hold-up play and linking ability has been a key part in helping the Sounders score the second-most goals in the league.