Now, it’s official.
“Seba is out for the 2016 season,” the club confirmed to TICC.
With 22 starts in 26 appearances, it’s a tough loss for the team as they make the push for both the Fall and Combined titles with a definite postseason appearance on the horizon. A regular starter on the right side of the midfield, the player netted a goal and added 2 assists in 2016. In all, he’s made 80 regular-season appearances, finding the net 10 times with 6 assists.
The club will need to make changes as a result to the midfield and the opening could present more opportunities to David Diosa, Yohandry Orozco and, lately, Lucky Mkosana.
The new got a little better when it came to Carlos Mendes who also left the Fury match early.
“Carlos will be training by the end of the week. Gio will make a decision on whether he plays later in the week,” a club spokesperson told TICC.
With Ochieng not in the 18 last weekend, Jimmy Mulligan moved into the right fullback role, pushing Ryan Richter inside for the remainder of the match.
Having their captain and one of the more reliable parts of the back line available to them for the late season push will be crucial and it will be a relief to the team that Mendes will be able to return.
Despite it being a road game, the timing of his recovery could be a blessing in disguise as the Cosmos travel to Jacksonville to face an Armada that has struggled to find goals in the last few games and has found only one home win all Fall.