Union striker McInerney called up by coach Peter Vermes after Red Bulls’ Cahill suffers injury.
MLS All-Star head coach Peter Vermes has elected to call up Philadelphia Union striker Jack McInerney to replace New York Red Bulls midfielder Tim Cahill for the team’s match against AS Roma on Wednesday.
The striker, currently enjoying his fourth year in the MLS, is the fourth in the league scoring charts this season with ten goals in 19 games for the Union.
McInerney might have felt a little hard done by to not have been picked for the initial All-Star roster, as Cahill has currently scored four goals fewer this season, but Aussie Cahill was chosen at the discretion of League Commissioner Don Garber.
Cahill picked up his injury during the Red Bulls’ 4-3 win over Real Salt Lake on Saturday. The midfielder was caught by a high challenge from Yordany Alvarez. He limped off the pitch, only to return moments later to head in a free-kick from Thierry Henry in the 11th minute. After the game, Cahill complained of pain in his right knee, which was later placed in a compression machine.
The match against Roma on Wednesday will be 20-year-old McInerney’s first ever All-Star game. The All-Stars currently hold a record of six wins to three losses in the annual All-Star game, with this season’s being the first contested against a side from outside of the Premier League.