Kemar Lawrence is put on a stretcher after suffering an injury. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)
ATLANTA — The Red Bulls’ 3-1 win over Atlanta United FC might turn out to be a Pyrrhic victory.
They had two starters injured in the MLS match at Mercedes-Benz Stadium — left back Kemar Lawrence and midfielder Tyler Adams.
Lawrence suffered a mysterious, yet potentially serious injury at the 73rd minute.
Atlanta’s Tito Villalba launched a ball into the middle of the field in Lawrence’s direction. Lawrence, however, lost control of his footing and took the ball square in the face.
After being down for 10-plus minutes while lying motionless for a while, Lawrence was taken off the field in a stretcher.
“We’re hopeful that everything’s OK,” Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch said. “I’m going to go see him now, he’s actually at the hospital, so I’m going to go see him and make sure that he’s OK. We’re getting word that we’re hopeful that everything’s going to be alright. I think it’s precautionary.”
Also during that juncture, Adams needed to be replaced due to a knee injury.
“His knee just started to swell a little bit,” Marsch said. “It felt fine, but again, we wanted to be precautionary and make sure that we weren’t stressing anything.
“They’ve done a bunch of tests and they feel like it’s strong and healthy, and he feels fine. It was just weird to have a little bit of swelling. It could be the turf, it could be a lot of things. We’re hopeful that he’s totally fine.”
Twelve minutes of stoppage was added to end the game.