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Impact’s Cameron Porter to undergo season-ending surgery

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By FRANCO PANIZO

What was shaping up to be a strong rookie season is now one that will end in frustration and disappointment.

The Montreal Impact announced Tuesday that forward Cameron Porter will miss the rest of the 2015 season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Porter, 21, will undergo surgery next week to repair the damage, and is expected to miss 9-12 months.

Porter suffered the injury in the first half of this weekend’s scoreless draw with the New England Revolution when he jumped up for a ball and had his leg buckle upon landing on the turf at Gillette Stadium. The injury looked bad then, and required that he be stretchered off the field.

A product of Princeton drafted in the third round of this year’s MLS SuperDraft, Porter had gotten off to an impressive start with the Impact. He scored the dramatic last-gasp goal that pushed Montreal on to the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals, and played in both of the club’s regular-season games thus far.

What do you make of Porter’s injury and timetable for recovery? Do you blame the turf at Gillette Stadium or was it just a freak injury? How big of a loss is this for the Impact?

Share your thoughts below.

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  1. FWIW While at Princeton Porter played on one of the best grass fields in the country and often trained on the adjacent, modern turf field.

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  2. I don’t remember if we are allowed to link here, but there is actually very little empirical evidence that artificial turf does in fact cause injuries at a higher rate than grass fields. Here is a good summary of the existing research from a trainer of the US Men’s Team. In summary, the original AstroTurf was terrible, newer turf has shown to be about the same and in some cases better. Picking the right cleats to actually reduce a player’s coefficient of friction helps reduce injuries. If Turf was constantly injuring players at a much higher rate, it would be pretty simple to prove. That does not appear to be the case. (Note – I still prefer to play and watch games on grass because of the way the ball bounces. It’s certainly worth having an aesthetic argument of turf vs. grass)

    http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/sportsdoc/Grass-vs-Turf-does-it-affect-injury-rate.html

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    • Not sure at all that that study is conclusive. I would think (but I do not know for a fact) that the wealthier schools with the bigger college programs would have grass, while most of the lower level programs would use turf. The game is faster, the players are bigger, stronger, faster at higher levels which would lead to more injuries.

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  3. So absurd. I have no blame for anyone or anything. Just amazed. Two weeks ago this guy was on top of the world after scoring that dramatic late goal vs. Pachuca. Now he must wonder if that was the only goal he’ll ever score as a pro.

    I hope he comes back strong and doesn’t break out the Princeton diploma just yet. That thing will always be good.

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  4. i can’t help but start and see a trend in the amount of knee/groin injuries we’re seeing happening on turf. being in pdx, maybe i’m a little sensitive to this, but i am starting to wonder….

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  5. poor kid…. knee injuries can be career threatening… I hope he finished college and go on to have a decent career in the business world…

    This is what Klinsmann doesnt get about US culture. Most pro soccer players on the low tier dont sign million dollar contracts… the best bet for a young American footballer is to have a college education… just in case.

    by the way…. F*** turf field….

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    • I was with you all the way, until the last sentence. When you land the way he did, a natural grass field isn’t going to save you. People are not injured exclusively on turf. On a more positive note, I was proud to be one of the large number of revs fans applauding Porter as he was stretchered off the pitch. I hope he has a speedy recovery.

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      • It definitely looked to me like his cleat stuck in the turf and provided extra twist to the knee. I don’t think that particular injury happens if it’s on grass.

    • Injuries like this happen all the time on grass fields too. And college soccer is a wasteland and a waste of time for anyone serious about becoming a professional. You can always go back to school later like millions of other people do.

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      • I watched Porter develop over 4 years at Princeton. As a freshman, he was pretty good at dribbling at people. He improved over the 4 years, thanks in part to the coaching of Jim Barlow (all 4 years) and Jesse Marsch (assistant in the last 2 years). In High School, he was a very good player, and was on the Region II ODP team, but I do not think most would then have called him a lock to be a successful professional player (even after his stellar senior season at Princeton, 15 goals in 17 ganes, he was picked in the 3rd round.) He used his 4 years of college to become a better player and will finish his degree next fall at Princeton (he skipped the spring semester to tryout and play for Montreal). He is a computer science major and was an Academic All-American.

        Like everyone, I wish him a speedy and complete recovery. He is still just 21 and I expect he will continue to improve.

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