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New York Red Bulls defender Aaron Long has suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon according to ESPN. The injury is a major setback for the club that was hoping for the USMNT defender to be a constant force in the team's defense.
The injury came in New York's 1-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union over the weekend. Long was helped off the field in extra time after a challenge that saw him land awkwardly on his feet. He took a step forward before crumbling to the pitch, requiring several teammates to help get him to the sidelines.
The 28 year-old player was making noise about a potential move to Europe as well as being a major part in the upcoming Gold Cup and World Cup qualifiers for Gregg Berhalter's USMNT. Unfortunately, much of that appears to be put on hold as the recovery process begins.
Long began play with New York in 2016 when he moved from the Seattle Sounders USL club to New York Red Bulls II. He solidified his status with the club when he helped to win the team's first title in 2016, lifting the USL Cup. From there he transitioned seamlessly into the MLS club and has become an undeniable leader.
In 2018, Long was named MLS defender of the year. To this point he has made over 100 appearances for New York and lifted a Supporters Shield in 2018.