KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- Sporting Kansas City defender Chance Myers will undergo surgery on Wednesday to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon in his left ankle and will miss the remainder of the 2014 season, the club announced on Sunday.
"This is very disappointing," Myers said. "I will work hard to not only come back from this injury, but to come back stronger. I wish my teammates the best of luck during the remainder of the season and will support the team any way I can."
"First and foremost, I am very upset for Chance," Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes said. "He has worked very hard and always takes care of himself to make sure he is prepared to play. Getting a serious injury is never an easy thing to cope with, but I have full faith that he will work hard to come back and continue to be an important member of our club.
"Obviously, it's a blow to the team because he is an important member of our group. It will be hard to replace his qualities and experience, but we will do the best we can during his absence and look forward to seeing him back on the pitch."
Kansas City drafted Myers with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft. Over the past seven seasons, Myers has appeared in 123 regular season games and has started more than 100 games in all competitions.
Myers re-signed with Kansas City prior to the 2014 season after tallying two goals and three assists during Sporting KC's MLS Cup championship campaign. The UCLA product has represented the United States at the U-18 and U-20 levels and trained with the USMNT during the 2014 January camp.
Wednesday's surgery will be performed under the care of orthopedic surgeon Dr. Matthew Kneidel.