One of MLS' most exciting early-season stories has been brought to an abrupt end.
Cameron Porter, the unheralded rookie forward whose dramatic goal sent the Montreal Impact through to the semifinals of the CONCACAF Champions League, is out for the season after tearing the ACL in his left knee, the team announced on Tuesday evening. Porter will undergo surgery to repair the injury and is expected to be out of action for 9-12 months.
Drafted in the third round (45th overall) out of Princeton University in this year's MLS SuperDraft, Porter made an immediate impression, scoring in the fourth of four minutes of stoppage time at the Olympic Stadium against Pachuca to send Montreal to the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals.
He followed that up with more strong play in a substitute appearance against D.C. United in league play, then an especially impressive 90-minute outing in Montreal's 2-0 win over Alajuelense in the first leg of the CONCACAF semifinal. Porter was 20 minutes into his first MLS start against the New England Revolution when the fateful injury occurred. The incident looked innocuous at first -- Porter was simply jumping to try and get a head on the ball -- but the landing was awkward, and replays immediately indicated that the forward's knee had suffered some serious damage in the process.
Porter will undergo the surgery next week, according to the team. He finishes his rookie season with five appearance (two starts), 143 minutes played, and one goal that Montreal soccer fans will remember forever.