Major League Soccer

Austin FC goalkeeper Brad Stuver out with knee injury

Lizzy Becherano
Austin FC goalkeeper Brad Stuver is sidelined after suffering a knee injury during the team's victory over Houston.
Austin FC goalkeeper Brad Stuver is sidelined after suffering a knee injury during the team's victory over Houston. / Scott Taetsch/GettyImages
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Austin FC goalkeeper Brad Stuver will be sidelined for several weeks after suffering a knee injury during Saturday’s 2-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo

The goalkeeper went down when attempting to save Sebastian Ferreira’s fifth-minute goal, after which Stuver was subbed off and replaced by Andrew Tarbell. 

The team has since confirmed he picked up a right knee laceration upon falling on the back stanchion of the goal. 

"Real significant laceration across his knee, structurally everything looks good," Austin FC head coach Josh Wolff said of Stuver's injury. 

"They may keep him overnight to make sure they clean that up and stitch it up properly, but everything structurally looks good. It was a tough knock and the guys responded from that, but good win. Obviously Brad’s in our thoughts and he should be fine in the coming weeks. But awesome performance by the guys tonight and really proud of them to get three points on the road [in] a difficult place."

The team has no provided no additional specific timeline on his return. 

Andrew Tarbell will likely be replacing the Austin FC starting goalkeeper. He joined ahead of the team’s expansion season after stints with the Columbus Crew and the San Jose Earthquakes. He has recorded 50 appearances since joining the league in 2016. 

"It's just part of the job description as a number two goalkeeper right now, you just always gotta be ready," Tarbell said. 

"I really hope Brad's okay, it looked like a pretty nasty cut. You just always have to be ready, be ready to do your job. Stay calm and stay focused and just rely on your training, previous games. I think it was the third time I've had to enter a game in my career, so I've done it before. I'm glad it went well and we got the win."

Austin FC return to the pitch on Sunday when hosting the LA Galaxy at Q2 Stadium.

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