Josh Yaro just can’t catch a break.
Making only his second appearance of the season for Bethlehem Steel FC on Saturday, the third-year center back collided with Louisville City FC forward Cameron Lancaster in the 17th minute and was subbed out a couple minutes later. Lancaster suffered a dislocated shoulder and Yaro left with a head injury.
“He’s back in concussion protocol,” head coach Jim Curtin said during his weekly press conference on Wednesday. “Poor kid can’t catch a break. Injuries have been a real challenge. He has so much ability and talent but the durability part has been tough for him.”
Yaro had been on concussion protocol for several weeks prior and has not made any appearances for the first team this season. His last first team appearance was on August 26, 2017.
Injuries have plagued the 24-year-old Ghanan over the past two seasons.
He was out for four months last season with a shoulder injury and missed about a month with an abductor muscle tear suffered in preseason. His one other appearance for Steel FC this season was when he played the first half against FC Cincinnati on April 15.
Yaro made six appearances and four starts for the first team last season and 17 appearances and 15 starts his rookie year after being selected second overall out of Georgetown University by the Union in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft. The Union acquired the pick in a trade with Colorado Rapids for Zach Pfeffer.
He now has 11 appearances in three seasons for the Steel.
The Steel take on FC Cincinnati on the road tonight in the USL Game of the Week.