RSL notebook: Hard-luck Grabavoy suffers another injury

Published: Saturday, July 7 2012 11:28 p.m. MDT

Real's Tony Beltran, left, and Timbers' Eric Alexander battle as Portland Timbers are defeated by the Real Salt Lake 3-0 in MLS soccer Saturday, July 7, 2012, in Sandy, Utah.

Tom Smart, Deseret News

SANDY — Ned Grabavoy, the Real Salt Lake midfielder who can't seem to stay healthy, picked up another injury early in Saturday's match against Portland.

In the 18th minute, he took studs to the knee on a 50-50 challenge with Timbers' midfielder Eric Alexander. Grabavoy stayed down on the field for 30 seconds before eventually getting up on his own power.

When he stood up, he immediately noticed that the other knee was a bit wobbly. He tried to run it off, but couldn't and was eventually replaced in the 24th minute.

The injury is being listed as an MCL contusion, but RSL's trainer said they'll know more in 48 hours.

The hard-luck Grabavoy was making his first start since June 23 because of a groin strain. He didn't travel with the team to Columbus, and only played the final 30 minutes against Seattle on Wednesday.

"I feel really badly for him. He's a player that was just coming back off an injury and we were very happy to get him back in, and now it looks like he's headed back to the treatment table," said RSL coach Jason Kreis.

Earlier in the year, Grabavoy missed three games because of a dislocated rib.

Last season, Grabavoy remained injury free for the first part of the year, but only started three of RSL's final games because of hamstring and groin injuries.

YOUNGSTER GETS A CHANCE: RSL rookie Emiliano Bonfigli made his longest substitute appearance of the season when he replaced Paulo Jr. in the 54th minute on Saturday. His previous high was a 29-minute outing last weekend in Columbus.

"He played pretty well. His first two touches were pretty suspect," said Kreis. "As the game went on and he got more and more minutes, I was pleased. He gives us a little bit something different, which I quite like."

The Argentine's only start this season was against Minnesota in a U.S. Open Cup match at Rio Tinto Stadium on May 29.

Despite the limited minutes this year, he did score a meaningful goal on April 25 to help Salt Lake earn a 1-1 draw in Dallas.

MOVING UP THE LADDER: For keeper Nick Rimando, the victory Saturday night was the 131st of his career, which moves him into a second-place tie all-time with retired keeper Zach Thornton.

"Give credit to the guys in front of me. I guess playing all these years catches up with you and you get this kind of recognition. It feels good, hopefully get to No. 1 one of these days," said Rimando, who earned his seventh shutout of the season.

If Rimando indeed envisions getting to No. 1, he'll have to play for several more years.

Kevin Hartman owns the all-time MLS record for goalkeeper wins with 174, and he's still playing with FC Dallas.

email: jedward@desnews.com

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