The United States Men’s National Soccer Team suffered a big loss ahead of the 2022 World Cup after star defender Miles Robinson suffered a serious injury while on duty for MLS club Atlanta United. Robinson has reportedly sustained a ruptured Achilles tendon in his left leg which will force him to miss the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. He’s set to undergo surgery on Monday, according to AP Sports.
Atlanta United defender Miles Robinson will likely miss the World Cup for the United States after rupturing the Achilles tendon in his left leg during an MLS game. https://t.co/QrOyj5fhj7
— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) May 9, 2022
This is a big loss for both Atlanta United and the USMNT, who were relying on Robinson as a key defender for the team ahead of their World Cup run. It’s also a devastating blow for the player, as Robinson was set to make appear in his first-ever World Cup after the USMNT missed out in 2018.
“We are devastated for Miles,” U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter said. “He had established himself as a top performer throughout last year and World Cup qualifying. We will be thinking of him and wishing him a successful recovery process.”
Robinson sustained the injury on Saturday in a matchup against the Chicago Fire. It was particularly worrying because it was a non-contact injury, which forced the 25-year-old to be taken off the field in a stretcher. Robinson has started 8 games and made 9 appearances for Atlanta United this season, but will be sidelined for an extended period of time as he recovers from the Achilles injury.
In all, Robinson has made 20 appearances for the USMNT, starting 18 times. He has three goals in his tenure for the United States, two of which came in the Gold Cup in 2021.