Per the team, D.C. United forward Conor Doyle suffered an injury to his right knee in training and underwent meniscus surgery yesterday, and is out for the remainder of the season (4-6 months is the expectation). Doyle's appearances this year had mainly been made as a substitute (16 of 17 games' worth). His absence from Sunday's lineup was a mild surprise, now we know the reason.
So what does this mean for the team? In the immediate term, Michael Seaton moves up the depth chart and is likely to see even more minutes as a result, so we'll see if the Jamaican international performs well enough to not return to Richmond (no offense to Ben), who, in between not having Seaton, Joe Willis (because of Andrew Dykstra's injury) and Henry Kalungi, get dealt a even deeper blow.
Moreover, it will be interesting to see whether Dave Kasper adds forward depth to the midfield and outside back spots which need addressing (per Goff, while the window closes tomorrow, trades and free agent signings can be made until September 15), or if the presumed return of Fabian Espindola to the lineup Saturday means in essence 'hey, we got a guy...who came back healthy.'