Mark-Anthony Kaye is back.
It feels very good to write those words.
Kaye, who suffered a fractured ankle on July 26 against the LA Galaxy, missed the rest of the 2018 season. After establishing himself as a critical part of LAFC’s midfield, both on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, he had to sit on the sidelines and watch the rest of the Black-and-Gold’s season unfold without him, culminating in an MLS Cup Playoff Knockout Round loss to Real Salt Lake.
This week, the Canadian international finally returned from injury, ending about 6 months of recovery by stepping onto the pitch for preseason training.
In a video posted on LAFC’s Twitter, Kaye said that he has a new outlook on the game after his missed time.
“When you’re out for so long, after having soccer mean everything, then you don’t have it, you look at it from a different angle and see the game from a different perspective,” he told reporters.
The team that Kaye will play for in 2019 has a bit of a different look than in 2018. Since Kaye’s injury, the club has added Christian Ramirez, Danilo Silva, Josh Perez, Eddie Segura, and Mohamed El-Munir to the squad, while Laurent Ciman, Joao Moutinho, Marco Ureña, and Benny Feilhaber have left the team.
For Kaye, this doesn’t change much about where he will play: he will take up his post in the center of the midfield once again for LAFC, as one of the only midfielders who is really a box-to-box player. He will hope, as will the LAFC faithful, that he can return to the form he was in before his season abruptly ended: a dynamic, impact player, who makes his mark (no pun intended) on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, and is critical for the success of the team. LAFC is looking to make strides and build off of a successful first season, and if there is one player who can make that difference, it is Mark-Anthony Kaye.
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