FC Dallas said Monday that 33-year old midfielder Peter Luccin has undergone an MRI on his left knee. “Right now we’re waiting on doctors’ confirmation,” FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman said. “There’s been an MRI done so we’re still waiting to see how that all develops.”
Luccin went down hard just seconds after stepping onto the field Friday evening, clutching his knee in pain, and had to be helped off the field by FC Dallas trainers before being carried to the locker room on a cart.
The veteran of Spanish La Liga and French Ligue-1 was signed by FC Dallas last December in the hope that he would at least compete and possibly take over holding mid duties for Daniel Hernandez, who left FC Dallas in the off-season. However, if Luccin is injured for a significant length of time, that duty could fall squarely on Andrew Jacobson. In fact, judging by his choice of words Monday, it seems Coach Hyndman may already be planning to move on without Luccin. "Jacobson and Peter were either going to play together, side-to-side, or if [only] one of them would have played they would compete for that playing time."
Jacobson has experience in the holding midfielder position, but spent much of the last two season with FC Dallas in more of a linking midfielder role in front of Hernandez. However, Coach Hyndman said he thinks Jacobson’s versatility could serve him well, especially in a formation packed with strikers (such as yesterday’s newest additions to FC Dallas -- forwards Eric Hassli and Kenny Cooper, Jr.).
“If you look up front and it’s two strikers, then you’re only going to play with one holding midfielder,” Hyndman said last week. “So now you’ve got to have one player that does that role. What is it -- a defensive role? Is it a distribution role? Is it a connecting role? What do you want that one player to be able to do? I think A.J. [Jacobson] can do that role.”