New York City FC forward Heber, the club's leading goal scorer a season ago and a player the team was looking to help break out of its current scoring funk, will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL, the team announced Friday.
Heber (full name Heber Araujo dos Santos) suffered the injury late in Wednesday's 1-0 loss to Toronto FC. He went down in the 83rd minute with little contact, and grabbed his right knee. Nicolas Acevedo replaced Heber, then committed the penalty that led to the 90th-minute penalty kick that accounted for the game's only score.
"I didn't like the look on his face," NYCFC head coach Ronny Delia, said of Heber after the match. "Hopefully, the picture will show something different."
It did not, and now NYCFC (5-6-2, 17 points) must look elsewhere as the club tries to end a skid that has seen it score only two goals over the last four matches. The 29-year-old had only one goal so far this season, but led the club with 15 goals in 2019, his first season in MLS.
The Brazilian native played a season with the Armenian Premier League in 2015-16 before moving to the Croatian First League for three seasons.
NYCFC next plays host to FC Cincinnati on Saturday.
--Field Level Media