Another week of Orlando City SC preseason action is in the books, and news of two additional injuries surfaced. Both Dom Dwyer and Richie Laryea suffered injuries. On February 17, new Orlando Sentinel beat writer Jordan Culver reported that the injuries were not as serious as previously thought, but the two players may still be out for the March 3 opener. With the reports that Cristian Higuita came into camp with a leg injury and had missed all previous preseason action, this brings to five the number of Orlando City players that have been injured since training camp opened: Cam Lindley, Josue Colman, Cristian Higuita, Dom Dwyer, and Richie Laryea.
Last week we looked back to 2015 at the injury list for the MLS side. Today we're going to look back at 2016. Once again, I referenced stories published by Paul Tenorio and Alicia DelGallo in The Orlando Sentinel and reports from the transfermarkt.co.uk website to compile this list.
2016 OCSC First Team Injuries
In 2015, Orlando City SC had 15 players on the first team roster miss one match or more due to injury. In 2016 things actually got worse. According to the research I conducted, 21 players on the roster suffered injuries that cause them to collectively miss 106 matches. The number of players with injuries was larger, but the collective total of matches missed was actually lower in 2016 than the previous season.
|David Mateos||Multiple injuries||4|
|Cyle Larin||Muscle strain||1|
|Tommy Redding||Multiple injuries||7|
|Cristian Higuita||Multiple injuries||6|
|Kevin Molino||Multiple injuries||2|
|Rafael Ramos||Multiple injuries||13|
|Antonio Nocerino||Muscle strain||1|
This week I learned from an MLS beat writer that the league does not require clubs to disclose injuries, and that is one reason why we fans can't rely on the league's own injury reports every week to know who is playing and who will be out. Thus these weekly posts are taking a lot of time to research. I hope to finish my research on 2017 in time to have a post up tomorrow for last season's injury totals.
I may start trying to keep a track of the number of players that get injured this season and how many matches they miss. I'm pretty sure OCSC is way out of alignment with the rest of the league in terms of the number of players we have missing matches.