Sporting KC defender Myers out for season

The veteran right back ruptured his Achilles tendon in Kansas City's 2-2 draw with Toronto on Friday.
Sporting Kansas City's already-battered defensive unit has absorbed another blow.

Right back Chance Myers is set to undergo season-ending surgery after suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon in his left ankle Friday during Kansas City's 2-2 draw with Toronto FC.

The 26-year-old defender, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 SuperDraft, has started at least 24 matches each of the past three seasons. After playing every minute of Kansas City's MLS Cup run last fall, Myers earned his first U.S. national team call-up in January.

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He had started seven games in 2014 after recovering from a preseason groin injury.

"This is very disappointing," Myers said in a news release. "I will work hard to not only come back from this injury, but to come back stronger. I wish my teammates the best of luck during the remainder of the season and will support the team any way I can."

Kansas City is already shorthanded defensively, with Matt Besler away with the USA's World Cup team, Ike Opara likely out for the season with an ankle injury, Aurelien Collin currently sidelined by a hamstring strain and Lawrence Olum on national team duty with Kenya.