Despite a stellar start to his 2014 Major League Soccer season, Joao Plata is now added to the ever-expanding list of injuries early on for Real Salt Lake. The 22-year-old forward tweeted Monday morning that he will miss three weeks with the left hamstring injury he suffered in Saturday's 1-1 draw against the L.A. Galaxy at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Chasing after a long ball with L.A.'s A.J. DeLaGarza Saturday, Plata pulled up and grabbed at the back of his left leg, which turned out to be a hamstring strain in the 28th minute. He received treatment and returned to the field to give it another go before being subbed off in the 36th minute for forward Olmes Garcia. The Ecuadorian assisted on Alvaro Saborio's 19th minute goal against the Galaxy, leaving him with two goals and two assists in three matches in 2014. Per RealSaltLake.com, Plata is currently the only player in the top-five in MLS in both goals and assists.