Atlanta United secured it first win in over a month defeating the Chicago Fire 4-1. Ronaldo Cisneros' first half hat trick fueled an offense that had previously scored only eleven goals in their last ten games. A truly impressive win against one of the best defensive clubs in the league.
Unfortunately the win came at a huge cost. In the eighteenth minute of the match with score tied 1-1 United Captain, Miles Robinson, went down untouched with what appears to be a torn achilles in his left leg. He would eventually be stretchered off the field. United was visibly shaken for a period of time before settling down and getting the win.
Robinson, who will be done for the season, joins a long list of names that United has lost to injuries this. Josef Martinez, who is expected to return, had a procedure on his knee to remove debris, Osvaldo Alonso suffered a torn ACL earlier in April, and Brad Guzan also suffered an achilles tear a few weeks ago.
For a club that has a lot of ground to make up sitting at seventh in the Eastern Conference after the win, this injury couldn't have come at a worse time. United will turn to Alex DeJohn to replace Miles Robinson for the remainder of the season.
The implications of Robinson's injury go further than just this season for United. The center-back is also a starter for the United States' Men's National Team. This injury will mean the USMNT will have to compete in this year's World Cup without one of their best players.