Maryland soccer winger Paul Bin suffers season-ending ACL tear

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Maryland men’s soccer winger Paul Bin tore his ACL in the team’s first day of preseason training Tuesday and will miss the 2019 season, a team spokesperson confirmed.

The team also announced Bin’s intention to take a medical redshirt.

“We are heartbroken for Paul,” head coach Sasho Cirovski said in a release. “In 27 years of coaching, I’ve never seen a player address a team with so much poise, class and substance when faced with another bout of adversity.” 

As a junior last year, Bin played in 21 games — starting all but two — and recorded four goals and three assists. His constant menacing of opposing full backs made the South Korean crucial in 2018’s national title run. Bin’s game-winning goal against Penn State on Oct. 23 helped string together a vital stretch of wins to keep Maryland’s season alive.

Bin arrived at Maryland in 2015 as a highly-touted recruit. He played only one game his freshman campaign before missing the 2016 season to work on his mental health. His return to College Park in 2017 came with a number of promising performances before he burst onto the scene as one of Maryland’s most important players in the 2018 season. 

With the graduation of attacking midfielder Amar Sejdic and forward Sebastian Elney, Bin figured to inherit a more prominent role this year. It now appears that the responsibility will fall on the shoulders of his teammates.

“Obviously I’m gutted not to be able to play this season,” Bin said in a release. “I know I’ll be back stronger. I have an amazing support system with family, friends, my teammates, my coaches and the medical staff at Maryland. I have no doubt that the team is going to do well without me and I’ll be supporting them every step of the way.”