NYCFC's first homegrown player - James Sands - has had a breakout season for his hometown club.
Unfortunately for the 19-year-old defender, he was forced out of Saturday night's 4-1 win over Cincinnati after nine minutes when he suffered a broken collarbone, according to the team's play-by-play analyst, Glenn Crooks. Sands was injured in the fifth minute after he and Cincinnati's Mathieu Deplagne collided.
We've learned that James Sands has a broken collarbone, suffered in the first half of #CINvNYC - Sands broke his right arm in the first match v. #FCCincy at Yankee Stadium & missed the next four matches #NYCFC @NYCFC #MLS @MLS— Glenn Crooks (@GlennCrooks) August 18, 2019
Sands has started 18 matches in this, his third season but his first as a first-team regular. As Crooks noted, the youngster also missed four matches after sustaining a broken arm on June 6, also versus Cincinnati.
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It is unknown how long Sands will be out with this injury, but his absence may have an affect on head coach Dome Torrent, if not the full team.