The New York Red Bulls Designated Player was injured in the club's 4-3 victory over Real Salt Lake and is set for about a month on the sidelines.
Cahill, who suffered the injury after a fourth-minute challenge by Yordany Alvarez, stayed in the game and scored in the 11th minute before being taken off in the 85th minute. He also had to pull out of the MLS All-Star Game after being one of MLS commissioner Don Garber's two selections. Philadelphia Union forward Jack McInerney replaced him on the All-Star roster. According to the Red Bulls' announcement, Cahill will not require surgery.
“It’s a very big loss to us,” Red Bulls coach Mike Petke said on a conference call with reporters Tuesday. “Like I said, I think it was a very reckless and careless challenge. I don’t think it was intentional. I don’t think Salt Lake plays like that, but I think it was just a very careless challenge to the knee and it’s going to be a very big loss for us.”
Cahill has found plenty of success in his first full MLS season after an uneven foray into the league upon his signing from Everton last summer. He has scored six goals this season, tied for second-most on the Red Bulls with Fabian Espindola behind Thierry Henry's seven.