I devoted several columns recently to documenting the injury woes of Orlando City's MLS side in the 2015, 2016, and 2017 seasons. On February 28, Orlando City announced that four players will miss the March 3 season opener due to injuries.
With that bit of depressing news, I'm starting today to document as the 2018 season unfolds how many players miss matches with injuries on this team. Y'all may get tired of reading this, but I'm going to keep it up until someone can prove to me that this is not the most injury-plagued team in MLS.
2018 Season Injury Log: Orlando City SC
So far, the running total stands at 5 and 11: Five players injured and a cumulative 11 matches missed from injury. I'm hoping I won't have to update this table for quite a while.
March 17, 2018 Update: Uri Rosell and Dom Dwyer have posts on social media wishing they could be with the team, so we know they did not travel, and late this week Jason Kreis told Orlando Sentinel beat writer Jordan Culver that Stefano Pinho's return would take some time. As far as Dillon Powers is concerned, I've not read or heard anything, so I can't say for sure if he's still out with injury or if he traveled with the team this week. A surprise came on Saturday as Josue Colman made his debut as a second-half sub in the match at NYCFC.
|Player||Injury||First Match Missed||Matches Out||Comments|
|Dom Dwyer||Quadriceps Strain||March 3, 2018||3||Injured in preseason; reported to have longer than his teammates to recover on 3/6.|
|Oriol “Uri” Rosell||Fitness||March 3, 2018||3||Injured in preseason; reported "a few weeks away" on 3/6.|
|Josué Colmán||Quadriceps Contusion||March 3, 2018||2||Injured in preseason; reported "a few weeks away" on 3/6. Returned to action as a sub on 3/17.|
|Dillon Powers||Ankle||March 3, 2018||2||Injured in preseason; ruled out for opening match on 2/28|
|Stefano Pinho||Ankle||March 17, 2018||1||Injured during the first half of the 3/10 match|