When he injured his ankle at the end of May, Djordje Mihailovic missed more than five games for CF Montreal, he also missed a good chance to argue with the US national team.
The 23-year-old midfielder returned to action on Saturday and was flying over the field. We can understand it. On May 28, he left the field in a game against FC Cincinnati presented at Stade Saputo. With a disappointed face, tears in his eyes, he was aware of what had just slipped through his hands.
“I knew exactly what was happening. I was overwhelmed with emotions, but I didn't want to get carried away. I knew there was still some hope, but after a few days I knew I couldn't make this trip even though I had been waiting for this opportunity for two years,” said the scorer of seven goals and four assists.
A few days earlier, Gregg Berhalter, who manages the American team, had invited Mihailovic to join the American team which had four games on the program during the international break.
Mihailovic was then faced with a heartbreaking choice because he knew he could have played, but it was not a good idea.
A few days after the incident, he therefore discussed with Berhalter in order to inform him of his state of health.
“It was my decision not to participate in this trip because I could have forced myself, but it would not have been smart, admitted the Floridian. I told the coach that I knew it was a great opportunity, but that I wouldn't be able to play at 100% of my ability.
“We agreed that if I keep playing well, there will be other chances, and if it's not during this World Cup, I'll be 27 when it comes to North America. »
Last week, Mihailovic took another slap in the face when his name was dropped for the MLS All-Star Game. Defender Kamal Miller will be CF Montreal's only color bearer.
“It is important for the club to be represented. If it's not me, it must be someone else and I'm happy for Kamal. It is an event where the best must be present, but also the best clubs.
“I knew that my chances would not be very high because of my injury even if I am not 100 sure % that it weighed in the balance.
Incidentally, Miller was fined on Tuesday for failing to leave the playing area in a reasonable time after receiving his second yellow card of the game on Saturday in a victory 1-0 against Toronto FC. The amount was not disclosed by MLS.
CF Montreal acquired a $50,000 allocation from Nashville SC on Tuesday. This gives more leeway to sporting director Olivier Renard who has around $450,000 as a budget for the current transfer window which ends on August 4.