Portland Timbers head coach Giovanni Savarese has confirmed attacking midfielder Eryk Williamson suffered a serious ACL injury to his knee during the rivalry match against the Seattle Sounders.
Williamson was forced to exit the game on a stretcher at the 12 minute mark after collapsing in agony when attempting a pass. The incident was not a result of a collision or caused by an opposing player.
“Very unfortunate, it’s a severe injury, his knee, his ACL," Savarese told media. "We'll see more after evaluation to give the right comment on the full details but it doesn’t look good. It looks very severe and most likely he won’t play for a while. At the moment it’s a sad situation."
The Western Conference midfielder recently played a large role in the United States men’s national team’s Gold Cup victory during the summer, and was expected to propel the Timbers to a 2021 playoff position.
"So very unfortunate for a player like Eryk that was doing so well, was growing. The future was very promising in what he was doing day by day, game by game,” continued Savarese.
“So it’s definitely the lowest point of the day and we just right now have to stay close to him support him, continue to work and make sure that he comes back strong. But it’s not a good situation."
Williamson debuted with the Timbers in 2019 before going on to record four goals and seven assists in 42 appearances in all competitions. After a successful 2020 Major League Soccer season, the midfielder caught the eye of USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter and ultimately became a routine part of the national roster.
It has not been confirmed how long the player will remain sidelined, but he is expected to miss the rest of the 2021 season.