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Lance Rozeboom undergoes successful surgery

Rookie midfielder to miss six months after ACL surgery

D.C. United announced today that Lance Rozeboom has undergone a successful surgery to repair a torn left Anterior Cruciate Ligament and lateral meniscal tear yesterday afternoon. The procedure was performed by Doctor James Gilbert of Metro Orthopedics and Sports Therapy in Silver Spring, Md. Rozeboom, a product of the University of New Mexico, suffered the injury during training while in Los Angeles after the team’s match with the Galaxy.

“We are happy to hear that Lance has undergone successful surgery and expect him to make a full recovery by the end of this year,” said General Manager Dave Kasper.

Rozeboom was an unused substitute during the 3-1 loss against the LA Galaxy on March 18. The 2012 Supplemental Draft signed with United on March 7, after completing preseason camps in Fla., Ariz., and S.C. Rozeboom was selected by D.C. United in the second round (26th overall) of the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft from the University of New Mexico.

Rozeboom spent four years at the University of New Mexico and was a key member of the team’s undefeated 2011 season. The midfielder started each of the team’s 22 matches last year, collecting three goals and two assists, as the Lobos finished 18-0-4. As a freshman, Rozeboom started six of 16 games played, before starting 66 consecutive matches beginning during his sophomore season through the end of his senior campaign. He finished his career at New Mexico with six goals and five assists in 78 games (68 starts).