Brad Stuver: “Although it’s difficult for me to not be with the team in Orlando, I made the decision to remain home in NY because it was best for my family and myself.” (Photo courtesy of MLS)
New York City FC goalkeeper Brad Stuver did not travel to Orlando, Fla. for the MLS Is Back Tournament due to a personal matter, the Major League Soccer team announced Wednesday.
Specifics of Stuver’s personal matter were not disclosed by the team or the player.
League pool goalkeeper Charlie Lyon will train with the team.
“Although it’s difficult for me to not be with the team in Orlando, I made the decision to remain home in NY because it was best for my family and myself,” Stuver said in a statement. “Wishing the guys good luck and a safe and healthy return home.”
Sporting Director David Lee indicated he understood Stuver’s plight.
“After discussions with Brad, it became clear that his unique situation meant it was right for him and his family to not participate in the MLS is Back Tournament and we respect his decision,” he said.
“He is an important member of our squad and while we will miss him and his influence, we are looking forward to having him re-join the team upon our return to New York.”
NYCFC tournament schedule
July 9 – NYCFC vs Philadelphia Union – 9 a.m. ET (ESPN, ESPN Deportes, TSN)
July 14 – NYCFC vs Orlando City SC – 10:30 p.m. ET (TUDN, TSN)
July 19 – NYCFC vs Chicago Fire FC – 8 p.m. ET (FS1, TUDN, TSN)