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.
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.