Real Salt Lake's Jamison Olave Injured in 4-0 All-Star Loss to Manchester United

Matt JonesAnalyst IJuly 28, 2011

SANDY, UT - JUNE 18: Jamison Olave #4 of Real Salt Lake brings the ball down field during a game against DC United during the first half of an MLS soccer game June 18, 2011 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. Real Salt Lake and DC United played to a 1-1 tie. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
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The Major League Soccer All-Star Game outing for Real Salt Lake defender Jamison Olave ended in the 32nd minute when he was injured while sliding in to defend a ball at midfield.

After executing a good sliding tackle to stop a ball on the ground intended for Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, Olave jumped up to play the ball and seemed to have felt the pain at that time as he fell back to the turf.

Initial reports on the ESPN2 broadcast indicated that he suffered a mild left knee sprain.

In what might be a bit of good news, Olave walked off of the field on his own, and remained on the bench rather than going to the locker room. He will be evaluated by team doctors when he returns to Utah.

Although it is an honor to be selected to participate in the All-Star game, the risk of injury for players is a fear that players, coaches, and fans have as they play.

For Real Salt Lake, if the injury to last year's MLS Defender of the Year causes him to miss any time with the club, it will be another in a line of injuries they have dealt with this season.

Early in the season, midfielder Javier Morales went down with a broken ankle after a cheap tackle from Marcos Mondaini of Chivas USA. His return this season is questionable.

Forward Paulo Jr. has also missed significant time due to injury.

If Olave is unable to play, fellow defender Chris Schuler will no doubt take his place in the central defense. Shuler has played very well in the opportunities he has had this season, but the team will miss Olave's size, speed, and presence along the back line.

The rest of the game was uneventful for fans of Major League Soccer as the All-Stars endured another embarrassing match at the hands of Manchester United. The result was a 4-0 loss for MLS, and the first time the team has failed to score in an All-Star game.

The brightest moment of the night was a surprise entrance into the match of American soccer legend and 19 year veteran goalkeeper Kasey Keller in the 83rd minute. Keller was named to the All-Star team First XI players but was not expected to be available due to playing a CONCACAF match in Panama the previous night.

Real Salt Lake and the rest of Major League Soccer now returns to regular season play. Hopefully Olave will not miss any matches due to this injury.

Chris Johstoneaux is a Featured Columnist on Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @JazzRSLExaminer.


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