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DC United goalkeeper Tyler Miller out for the remainder of the 2023 MLS season

D.C. United goalkeeper Tyler Miller will be sidelined for the remainder of the 2023 Major League Soccer season after suffering from a torn rotator cuff.

The player will undergo shoulder surgery to repair the damage, forcing the team to place Miller on the Season-Ending Injury List. 

He picked up the injury during the Black-and-Red’s 3-1 defeat to the Philadelphia Union on August 26. 

Head coach Wayne Rooney can be expected to depend on back up goalkeeper Alex Bono for the rest of the campaign as D.C. United fight for an MLS playoff slot. The team currently sits in ninth place on the Eastern Conference table, holding one of two playoff wild card slots. 

Should the Black-and-Red conclude the season in ninth place, the team would participate in two single-game elimination matches hosted by the higher seed. 

As per league rules, “if the score of a wild card game is tied at the end of regulation, no extra time will be played, teams will participate in kicks from the penalty spot to determine the winner.” Additionally, the winner of each wild card match will advance to the Round One Best-of-3 series to face their conference number one seed.

But Miller’s injury is a huge blow as Rooney attempts to avoid the wild card series and qualify directly to the playoffs, as he managed six clean sheets in 25 games to help the Black-and-Red reach a 9W-12L-8D record.

D.C. United return to action on Wednesday when hosting Atlanta United at Audi Field.

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