Sometimes, you catch all the breaks. Sometimes, those breaks are not exactly what you want to catch.
When describing the San Jose Earthquakes' 2014 MLS season, the most succinct description might be "derailed by injury." Other than talisman's Jon Busch in goal and Chris Wondolowski at forward, the Quakes has seen a steady flow of players to the trainer's table. Clarence Goodson, Yannick Djalo, Matias Perez Garcia -- all were expected to provide San Jose with the talent required to make the playoffs, but they have all missed significant playing time.
And now, the latest addition to the list is target forward Steven Lenhart. Just a few weeks back from a knee injury that shut him down for most of the summer, Lenhart suffered a foot injury on Thursday that is expected to keep him out for the remainder of the regular season.
According to a club spokesperson, Lenhart cut his foot while riding his bike. The injury, described as a gash, required stitches and is expected to take a few weeks to fully heal. Given that the Earthquakes season ends in four weeks, on October 26 at Chivas USA, the likelihood of his return is doubtful.
The 28-year old forward, who was traded to San Jose prior to the 2011 season, has only appeared in 11 games this year. After a career year in 2012, when Lenhart scored 10 goals in 26 appearances and helped lead the Earthquakes to the Supporters' Shield, he has collected only 5 goals in 25 total appearances over the past two seasons.
With the Quakes apparent transition to a more ground-based offensive system, the need for Lenhart in 2015 and beyond might be minimal. The Earthquakes have already dealt his "Bash Brother" teammate Alan Gordon away; the possibility remains that Lenhart has also played his last game for San Jose.