Red Bulls' midfielder Lloyd Sam out for the season

Tuesday October 23rd, 2012

Lloyd Sam Red Bulls midfielder Lloyd Sam was ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury. (Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

The Red Bulls' recently acquired midfielder, Lloyd Sam, is out for the season, according to a report from Soccer by Ives. Manager Hans Backe revealed that Sam was diagnosed with a PCL strain of his right knee.

Sam, 28, signed with the Red Bulls in August after playing last season with Notts County of the English League One. He shined in his debut with the MLS club, a 4-1 win over Toronto FC, after which midfielder Dax McCarty said of his teammate,

“He gives us athleticism, speed, the ability to go at players 1v1. He can change a game for us. He’s a guy that gives us a change of pace."
The injury to Sam adds yet another issue to the Red Bulls' roster dilemmas as the playoffs approach: Fullbacks Brandon Barklage and Wilman Conde were recently ruled out--Barklage with a foot injury and Conde due to personal matters. The team is currently in fourth place in the East and has clinched a playoff berth. The playoffs are set to begin on Oct. 31.

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