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New York Red Bulls coach Chris Armas seeks justice for injured Florian Valot

HANOVER, N.J. — Florian Valot has the support of his New York Red Bulls teammates after a second consecutive season-ending torn ACL.

That was evident in the Red Bulls locker room following Saturday’s 4-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes at Red Bull Arena and more apparent at the club’s training facility Wednesday when the midfielder embraced teammates following training.

Now, Red Bulls coach Chris Armas, wants justice.

While referee Rubiel Vazquez declined to show a card for what the Red Bulls believe to be a late, rash challenge, Armas is hoping the MLS Disciplinary Committee will dole out a suspension to San Jose midfielder Judson after the fact.

“We thought that was a bad tackle because, I don’t know, it’s always hard to judge intent, but it just seems like it’s one of those that the body weight is coming through and could it have been avoided when you leave your feet like that from behind,” Armas said.

Armas knows the work of the committee is difficult — from previous personal experience — but he believes all the elements are there for supplemental discipline.

“I just hope that the the league and the disciplinary committee looks at that hard and some are really easy to see,” he said. “But I still think you have to be responsible for your body weight when you leave your feet. For me you run the risk. You go into a challenge, there’s an exposed leg, your body weight lands on it. I think there’s a follow through. And now there’s a season-ending injury.”

As for that injury, Armas also has first-hand knowledge of what Valot is going through, having torn both ACLs during his storied career.

“We’re crushed for him, first as a human being,” Armas said. “He’s such a genuine, great, person and knowing what he has to go through is tough. It mentally takes a toll on you. And then it’s the team, he’s such a big part of our team.”

Added goalkeeper Luis Robles: “My heart goes out to him. It sucks that he’s in this situation because he’s such an important player for us.”

On Tuesday, Valot took to social media to announce the severity his injury, vowing to come back stronger than ever.




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