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Ralph Priso will undergo surgery; expected to miss remainder of season

A play that should’ve been blown down has cost Ralph Priso his season.

Ralph Priso-Mbongue (97) and Gustavo Bou (7) in action... Photo by Angel Marchini/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

TORONTO, Canada—Toronto FC announced today that the team has learned Ralph Priso will undergo surgery on his right ankle and is expected to miss the remainder of the 2021 MLS season.

While chasing down New England Revolution attacker Gustavo Bou, Priso was injured in the second half of Toronto FC’s game with the New England Revolution on Saturday, August 14th at BMO Field. The play should have been blown down immediately for offside — as it appeared to be clear and obvious — however, with new rules implemented that instruct linesmen to wait until an attack plays out on close calls, the play was allowed to carry on, and in turn, Priso would find himself injured.

At the time, it appeared to be serious, as Priso was unable to walk off the field without any assistance. However, Javier Perez informed reporters after Saturday’s match that it seemed as though the team may have dodged a bullet in regards to the severity of the teenager’s injury. Following Wednesday night’s game at Atlanta United, Perez backtracked, stating that the injury to Priso looks a little bit more severe than the team initially thought.

As we know now, the injury will be season-ending, which is such a shame as the 19-year-old midfielder was rounding into form, recently displacing Michael Bradley from the team’s Starting XI.

Priso appeared in 11 matches this season — 575 minutes of action — scoring two goals and adding one assist.