Slumping Sporting Kansas City received another dose of bad news Tuesday when three players, including captain Matt Besler, were declared out due to injury.
Besler will miss two to four weeks because of a hamstring ailment he sustained Saturday in a 4-1 road loss to the San Jose Earthquakes. The 32-year-old former U.S. men's national team player was the MLS Defender of the Year in 2012.
Espinoza is out two to three months because of a sprained left posterior cruciate ligament, but he won't need surgery, according to the team. The 32-year-old midfielder is in his 10th season with Kansas City, and he has two assists in four MLS games this year.
Wallace, a 30-year-old defender, is due to undergo right hip surgery that will sideline him four to six months, the club announced. Wallace has started just one league game this season.
Sporting Kansas City is 2-2-3 (9 points) in MLS this year. However, the team is winless in its past five games overall, including 5-0 and 5-2 losses to Monterrey in the two-legged CONCACAF Champions League semifinals earlier this month.
--Field Level Media