The league's all-time leading scorer suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in his left knee during a preseason match.Minnesota United’s assault on the NASL Spring Season title will not feature any goals from the league’s all-time leading scorer in the modern era.
Striker Pablo Campos, who has hit the target 45 times while playing for three clubs since the NASL returned in 2011, suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in his left knee during a preseason match against Pro Player Academy on March 13.
Campos sat out the final game of United’s successful visit to England against Derby County and will now face a spell on the sidelines, aiming to return for the Fall Season, which begins in mid-July. His loss deals a blow to United FC head coach Manny Lagos, whose forward line will be led by Simone Bracalello, who scored seven goals last season, new signing Christian Ramirez and Nate Polak.
“An MRI has confirmed that Pablo has torn both his ACL and MCL and will require surgical treatment,” said United team physician, Dr. Corey Wulf of Twin Cities Orthopedics.
Last season the 31-year-old hit 13 goals in 23 games during his first season in Minnesota, trailing Golden Boot winner Brian Shriver by only two goals. In 2012 the former MLS Cup winner with Real Salt Lake was the NASL top scorer and was also named player of the season, winning the Golden Ball award, with the San Antonio Scorpions.
The Brazilian forward has played more games that any other player in the NASL since the 2011 season kicked off with 78 appearances to his name.