Chris Schuler Sidelined with Broken Foot

12-week recovery means 2010 campaign is over for emerging defender

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It appears the emergence of RSL defender Chris Schuler will be put on
hold, as the rookie suffered a broken right foot during Wednesday’s
training session in Toronto. The preliminary timeline for recovery for
the ex-Creighton Bluejay is 12 weeks, which would mean Schuler’s first
professional campaign is now officially in the books. Schuler suffered
the non-contact injury on Wednesday during RSL’s practice on the
artificial turf field at Toronto’s Cherry Beach lakefront facility,
bringing a halt to what had been a standout month for the first-year
player.

Schuler was used sparingly across the first five months of RSL’s
season, having played in only three contests – exhibitions against the
Mexican U-21 National Team (May 15) and Costa Rica’s Puntarenas FC (June
19) and a U.S. Open Cup qualifier at D.C. United (June 2) – through
August as he adapted to the professional speed of play. The
23-year-old’s breakout performance came on Sept. 9 at Seattle, when he
played a fantastic 90 minutes in place of a suspended Jamison Olave to
help RSL hold the Sounders to a 0-0 draw … an even more impressive
performance when considering his first MLS start came in the cauldron of
35,000 fans that is Qwest Field. Schuler would get another starting nod
in CONCACAF Champions League play eight days ago at Arabe Unido in
RSL’s 3-2 win, it’s first-ever on foreign soil.