GOAL­KEEPER MACMATH OUT WITH KNEE IN­JURY

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - Den­ver Post

Rapids goal­keeper Zac MacMath on Tues­day un­der­went suc­cess­ful surgery to re­pair a torn menis­cus in his left knee and is ex­pected to miss four to six weeks, the club an­nounced.

Ac­cord­ing to a team spokesman, MacMath was play­ing through the pain in his knee the last three to four weeks. How the in­jury was sus­tained and whether or not the menis­cus was torn the whole time has not been dis­closed.

The 25-year-old has started in goal when­ever Tim Howard is un­avail­able. He has seven MLS starts this sea­son, in­clud- ing the Rapids’ last two games — Satur­day’s 1-0 loss to the San Jose Earth­quakes and a draw with Toronto FC, 1-1 on July 22. He has also ap­peared in two U.S. Open Cup matches this sea­son.

MacMath started the first 16 games in 2016 be­fore Howard ar­rived in Com­merce City and was sta­tis­ti­cally one of the best keep­ers in the MLS. In 17 games, he recorded a 0.76 goals against av­er­age — a fran­chise-best.

MacMath has reg­is­tered one shutout and 18 saves, and has con­ceded eight goals in 2017. He is 12-9-5 in 27 ca­reer MLS ap­pear­ances with the Rapids. Ford gets big mo­ment. Rapids de­fender Kortne Ford de­liv­ered the mo­ment of the match in the MLS Home­grown game Tues­day in Chicago.

The MLS Home­grown team trailed Chivas de Guadala­jara U-20, 2-1, with just sec­onds re­main­ing. On the last play of the game, At­lanta United’s Chris Goslin de­liv­ered a cross from deep into the box for Ford, who de­liv­ered a high header into the back of the net — giv­ing the MLS Home­grown team the 2-2 draw with Chivas.

The Gree­ley na­tive pro­ceeded to take his shirt off, run­ning to the side­line — where he was mobbed by team­mates.

Ford, who played at the Univer­sity of Den­ver for three years, has started in all nine ap­pear­ances he has made with the Rapids as a rookie. — Ben­jamin Arthur, The

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