The Union have ended the summer on a decidedly down note, winless since mid-July. To make their most recent loss, a 2-1 defeat in Salt Lake City, that much more painful, goalkeeper and team captain Faryd Mondragon fractured the ring finger on his right hand.
As you can see here, Mondragon's headed to surgery this morning, and his tweet yesterday said he'll be out 2-4 weeks.
Mondragon got his Arian Foster on, tweeting this description and a picture of the fracture:
"Just got out from the X-rays unfortunately I have an extra-articular phalanx fracture out 2-4 weeks"
Yeah that looks slightly painful.
The All-Star keeper has been a transformative force for the Union this season, who have benefited from stellar play in goal and a stout back line under Mondragon's direction. With little margin for the team to continue playing the way it has over the past month, here's hoping Mondragon's recovery period is closer to the 2 than the 4. While Mondragon is out, rookie Zac MacMath will take over.
The Union have two home matches this week, Wednesday against the New England Revolution and Saturday against the Portland Timbers, followed by another home match the next Saturday against the Columbus Crew.
Ryan Bright has more on MacMath, the 5th overall pick in the 2011 MLS Super Draft.