Toronto FC II assistant coach Chris Pozniak told WTR’s James Grossi on Monday that goalkeeper Angelo Cavalluzzo will be out of the lineup long-term with a ruptured Achilles tendon. The keeper appeared to twist his leg badly while backpedaling to try and stop Miguel Jaime’s goal in TFC II’s 1-0 loss to Penn FC last Wednesday.
The injury came on the back of an overall excellent performance from Cavalluzzo, who had made five saves to that point (including a remarkable penalty stop on Tom Heinemann). He was stretchered off the pitch at Monarch Park, and TFC II defender Tim Kubel donned the gloves to play goal for the last few minutes of the match.
According to WTR’s resident medical expert, Tej Sahota, a ruptured Achilles is a very uncommon injury that takes quite a while to recover from. Cavalluzzo could likely miss the rest of the 2018 season, since the therapy program can take up to 12 months.
Losing Cavalluzzo is a huge blow to TFC II, who have been struggling to start the season. The 25-year-old keeper has stood on his head at times for the Young Reds this year in nine appearances.
In his stead, Caleb Patterson-Sewell is likely to see more USL minutes. This may also be an opportunity for TFC II to give some playing time to the likes of Drew Shepherd, Toronto FC’s second pick in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft, as well as Toronto FC III keeper Gianluca Catalano, both of whom have seen time on the USL side’s bench.