All-Star: Stars feel for Olave’s injury

After the Colombian’s exit, MLS defense turns to water for Manchester United

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HARRISON,
N.J. – Jamison Olave, the Colombian defender from Real Salt Lake, is known for
his strength and physical prowess, as well as for his ability to rid the
opposition of the ball.  But on Wednesday, in the run of play between MLS
All-Stars and Manchester United, he left the game injured.

The
formidable central defender was injured in the 37th minute of first
half when he attempted to slide the ball away from star forward Wayne Rooney.

“A ball cut
to Rooney and I went down to get it, my right leg kept going but my left stayed
stuck behind.  It’s a lateral ligament strain in my left knee.  They
[the trainers] say that I’ll be out about one week.  We’ll have to wait
for me to get back to Salt Lake to take a closer look.”

Olave
expressed that before picking himself up from the grass, he thought that he
could keep going, but when he got up he came to the sad realization that his
knee wasn’t responding due to the pain.

“It
hurts.  At first I thought that I’d be okay, but I just started to walk
and then I realized that I couldn’t continue.  Now I’m in some pain, but
not like when it happened.”

Shortly after
Olave’s injury, All-Star coach Hans Backe subbed him off for Geoff
Cameron.  After the Colombian’s retreat, the All-Stars weren’t the same
and allowed three more goals for the 4-0 final score.

“I think that
we controlled the ball well for what it’s worth.  The team was working
pretty well, but that’s where you notice a difference, they get one chance and
take it.  We got lots of chances but didn’t have the composure or luck to
finish.  So that’s where the difference is for them.”

However,
Olave was pleased after participating in his third All-Star Game.

“The
experience was one hundred percent positive.  Aside from the result,
playing against this level of competition, this level of players, is a unique
experience.  We don’t have the chance to play against them here [in MLS],
so we have to enjoy it even more.”