Orlando City midfielder Pierre Da Silva will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing successful surgery for a torn meniscus in his left knee, the club confirmed on Tuesday.
“Our team is working through this process with Pierre and will continue monitoring his progress closely as we take every precaution to ensure a full recovery,” said Dr. Daryl Osbahr medical director for Orlando City SC and chief of sports medicine for Orlando Health in a statement. “Our goal is to have him ready for the start of the 2019 season.”
The 20-year-old midfielder played in two matches for Orlando City this season. He spent the 2016 season with Orlando City B, when the team was still a second-division USL side, and also played for Orlando City’s Pro Academy, which makes him the first player to play for all levels of Orlando City.
Da Silva, who was born in New York, isn’t a Homegrown player because he previously played for NYCFC’s academy.
Coach James O’Connor first announced on Oct. 30 Da Silva would miss a “decent amount of time with his knee.”
Pierre played the first meaningful MLS minutes of his career during a 2-1 loss to Atlanta United on Aug. 24. He played a career-high 29 minutes.
“It’s always great to get some minutes,” Da Silva said the Monday after the match. “I’ve been waiting a long time. Just patience. Everything comes little by little. It was a good performance. Obviously, we didn’t get the result. We didn’t want that result, but you have to look for the next game.”
Da Silva also played in Orlando City’s 4-0 loss to the Chicago Fire.
Orlando City plays the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday, then closes out its 2018 home slate with a match against Columbus Crew SC on Sunday. The Lions’ season finale is on Oct. 28 on the road against the New York Red Bulls.