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ATLANTA, GEORGIA—The head coach of the United States Men’s Soccer Team (USMNT) has expressed sadness about the ruptured Achilles tendon injury of Atlanta United ace defender Miles Robinson. Gregg Berhalter said Robinson had established himself as one of the team’s top players, and he wished him well on his treatment and recovery.

Robinson suffered the injury to his left leg in the game of the United FC against Chicago Fire FC on May 7. The superb defender underwent surgery on his left leg on Monday. Robinson, 25, has 15 caps and three goals with the USMNT, earning his senior team debut on Sept. 6, 2019, coming on as a substitute in a friendly against Mexico.

Robinson started all six matches and scored two goals at the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup, where he helped the U.S. secure five clean sheets and scored the game-winning goal in the final as the U.S. beat Mexico 1-0. He started six World Cup Qualifiers in 2021 and was nominated for U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year.