João Paulo sustained the injury in Seattle's CONCACAF Champions League finals win over Pumas at Lumen Field Wednesday night.
Seattle Sounders midfielder João Paulo will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL, coach Brian Schmetzer told Sports Radio 93.3 KJR FM on Thursday. João Paulo sustained the injury in Seattle's CONCACAF Champions League final win over Pumas at Lumen Field Wednesday night.
The 31-year-old left the game after his knee buckled slightly while jockeying for position with a Pumas defender. João Paulo was replaced by 16-year-old midfielder Obed Vargas, and the Sounders later confirmed he left with a right knee injury.
João Paulo is in his third year with the Sounders after first coming to Seattle in 2020 on loan from Brazilian club Botafogo. The club exercised its option to buy the Brazilian midfielder in January of 2021. He's scored six goals with 17 assists in 56 games with Seattle.
With Wednesday's win, the Sounders became the first MLS team to win the modern CONCACAF Champions League.Sounders' João Paulo out for season with ACL injury suffered in CONCACAF Champions League win - The Athletic View Story