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May 24, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Sounders FC team release on Hurtado’s torn ACL injury

Defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado Placed on Injured Reserve

RENTON, WASH. – The Seattle Sounders FC announced today that central defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado has been placed on injured reserve due to a torn left anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

Hurtado suffered the injury in stoppage time near midfield while closing down Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski, who was aiming for a try at Seattle’s open net. Behind 1-0, goalkeeper Kasey Keller had come forward on a 93rd minute corner kick.

Hurtado is required to miss the next six games of the season. He is eligible to return to league play for the July 15 game at D.C. United.

Hurtado, 26, has started and played the full 90 minutes in all nine appearances this season; his second in MLS. He did not play at Toronto FC. Last season for Seattle, Hurtado started and played the full 90 minutes in 28 of 29 appearances with one goal and one assist. He was named an MLS All-Star and was a finalist for Defender of the Year.

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