Fort Lauderdale Strikers’ goalkeeper Cody Laurendi will miss the remainder of the 2013 season due to a lacerated (ruptured) kidney, an injury he sustained after a collision with a Rowdies player on the April 27th loss to Tampa Bay at Lockhart Stadium.
Glaeser, who has been struggling so far this season, was given the night off versus Tampa Bay. ”Cody has been pushing Matt all season long,” says head coach Daryl Shore about the switch. “With a couple of bad results, we felt like Cody deserved his chance.”
Laurendi was having a great game on goal until the 35th minute when he was involved in the collision with a Rowdies’ player in the penalty area.
A kidney laceration (or rupture) occurs following a blunt impact to the lower back region. The extent of the injury can vary considerably, but according to team doctors, it will take Laurendi 6-9 months for a full recovery.
“Obviously we are very disappointed by the news,” said Strikers’ head coach Daryl Shore. “Cody is a good player whose presence will be missed on the field and in the locker room.”
Laurendi, 24, was injured in his first start and appearance for the Strikers after joining the club in March. He shared time with Strikers’ goalkeeper Matt Glaeser during the preseason, posting shutouts in each appearance. Before joining the Strikers, Laurendi played three seasons with the Puerto Rico Islanders.