Atlanta United goalkeeper Brad Guzan will be out for 10-12 weeks due to a torn MCL in his left knee. The team will rely on veterans Quentin Westberg and Clement Diop in his absence. Meanwhile, Concacaf has announced the 14 metropolitan areas and 15 stadiums that will host the 2023 Concacaf Gold Cup matches, including eight MLS stadiums. LAFC is set to play against Vancouver in the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals, with a 3-0 aggregate lead.
Vancouver needs a miracle to win against LAFC, who have an absurdly stacked team with incredible depth and maybe the hottest player on the continent right now in Dénis Bouanga. The Whitecaps have had some standout performers this year, including Brian White and Julian Gressel. However, LAFC is still expected to win, even if they rotate their players. The Whitecaps need LAFC to come out flat mentally and ease up on the gas, as they did against Alajuelense, to have a chance of winning.
In other news, New York City FC has promoted defender Stephen Turnbull to a first-team contract through the 2023 MLS season with options for 2024-25. Turnbull, 25, is the first player from MLS NEXT Pro side NYCFC II to join NYCFC. He has already played 23 minutes this season while on a series of short-term loans.
Keywords: Atlanta United, Brad Guzan, torn MCL, Concacaf Gold Cup, MLS stadiums, LAFC, Vancouver, CONCACAF Champions League, Dénis Bouanga, New York City FC, Stephen Turnbull.
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