BRIAN SCIARETTA - Thursday, September 11, 2014
SC Freiburg and potential United States Olympic team midfielder Caleb Stanko has suffered a torn ACL and will miss considerable time this season.
Stanko, 21, suffered the injury this week and is scheduled for surgery. It is unclear how long the recovery will take but it is possible is season could be over.
The Michigan native signed a three year professional contract in May with the Bundesliga club. He first joined Freiburg's youth teams in 2011 after deciding to forego college and pursue a college career. It had been expected he would make his professional debut this year after making the matchday roster occasionally last season.
A veteran of U.S. youth national teams, Stanko was a member of the U.S. U-20 World Cup team in 2013 and occasionally wore the captains armband for the squad. At the World Cup, head coach Tab Ramos had Stanko play in central defense as opposed to his usual defensive midfield position where he plays predominantly for Freiburg.