By now you’ve probably heard the news that goalkeeper Doug Warren was added to the season-ending injury list yesterday after suffering a right elbow injury in training a few weeks ago.
To clear up any confusion and to answer some questions we’ve received about how this move affects our roster, we thought we would devote a little space to explain the reasoning behind this decision.
Since we are past the league’s roster freeze date, at this time we CANNOT replace Doug Warren on our roster with ANY player, whether it be another goalkeeper or a field player.
Of course the question this then raises is, “Why add him to the season-ending injury list at all?” The answer is actually straightforward.
With now just two goalkeepers on our active roster, if either Matt Reis or Brad Knighton were to be injured, there are mechanisms in place through the league for us to add a SECOND goalkeeper in that case. So, for clarification, the only roster change that could be made for the rest of the season would be to add a second goalkeeper IF and ONLY IF Matt Reis or Brad Knighton were to be injured.
Had we not added Doug to the season-ending injury list and Matt or Brad were to be injured, we would not be able to add another goalkeeper and would be left with just one … hence, the reasoning behind making this move.
Had it been a field player that was added to the season-ending injury list, we would be, as the saying goes, up the creek without a paddle. In that case, there would be no mechanism to replace that player in any way. Only in the case of being left with one healthy goalkeeper can a team add a player after the roster freeze, and that additional player must be a goalkeeper.
Hopefully this clears up any confusion and answers the questions we’ve been receiving about the reasoning behind this roster move.