It probably wasn’t the sight Sporting Kansas City fans wanted to see.
But there was Sporting midfielder Graham Zusi being subbed out in the 24th minute of Wednesday’s MLS All-Star Game at Sporting Park. The initial diagnosis was a right quad strain and he is questionable for Saturday’s game against the Red Bulls.
Just before the substitution, Zusi chatted with MLS coach Peter Vermes, his Sporting coach, and Vancouver’s Camilo Sanvezzo sprung to his feet and started warming up.
It wasn’t long before the substitution was made, and it marked the second year in a row a Sporting player had to leave early.
At last year’s All-Star Game, Aurelien Collin suffered facial fractures after a collision with Chelsea’s Michael Essien. Collin missed two games as a result of that run-in.