Frankie Amaya was taken off the field late in the first half of the New York Red Bulls impressive 2-1 win over Orlando City this past weekend. While the injury initially looked bad, it appears that the influential midfielder could be back soon for the Red Bulls.
The New York Red Bulls midfielder suffered a twisted ankle, a source tells FanSided’s ‘MLS Multiplex.’ The injury is certainly less devastating than originally feared when Amaya hobbled off the field, showing considerable pain on his face while doing so.
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As such, the injury should see him back on the training field before the international break. The Red Bulls return to the playing field with a June 18 home match against Nashville SC.
Amaya was acquired by the Red Bulls at the start of the MLS season in a deal with FC Cincinnati, adding a much-needed attacking flair to the team’s Starting XI. His ability to shuttle the ball while also adding a touch of creativity and good work rate is a tremendous fit for head coach Gerhard Struber’s system.
So far this season, Amaya has six appearances (five starts) with a goal and an assist.
The acquisition of Frankie Amaya was a big commitment from the New York Red Bulls to upgrading their roster after two seasons of low-key acquisitions that largely flew under the radar. The 20-year old midfielder has four appearances with the United States U20 national team.
Amaya along with English defender Tom Edwards and Polish U21 striker Patryk Klimala headlined a busy – and expensive – offseason for the Red Bulls.
Amaya was the first overall pick of the 2019 MLS SuperDraft by FC Cincinnati. He had 40 appearances with FC Cincinnati (36 starts) where he’s scored one goal in league play.
The Red Bulls had been rumored to be after Zlatko Junuzovic, a rumor that originated out of the former Austrian international’s homeland and was debunked on Thursday by ‘MLS Multiplex.’