Earthquakes defender Jay Ayres was injured during a mid-air collision with teammate Ryan Cochrane.
Earthquakes defender Jay Ayres
was injured during a mid-air collision with teammate Ryan Cochrane. (Majchrzak/Getty)
Print this pageE-mail this pagePrint this | E-mail this SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Earthquakes
announced Friday that defender Jay Ayres
underwent successful surgery to repair a facial fracture on Thursday, May 8.Ayres
is expected to be sidelined for eight weeks.Dr. Peter Lorenz performed the surgery on Ayres
and defender Ryan Cochrane were involved in a collision during the Quakes U.S. Open Cup game on April 30 at Real Salt Lake.
The pair went for a head ball and collided, leaving both players with concussions and Ayres
with a facial fracture.
The Valrico, Fla. resident has appeared in one reserve game and one U.S. Open Cup game this season.He
played 90 minutes in the Quakes Reserves 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy Reserves on Apr. 4. Ayres
signed a developmental contract on Apr. 3 prior to the game against the Los Angeles Galaxy.Ayres joined the Earthquakes after playing four seasons for Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.Ayres
started 68 games in his
college career, registering seven goals and five assists.
In 2006 and 2007, Ayres
was named Atlantic Sun Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-Atlantic Sun and Atlantic Sun All-Academic.As a freshman, Ayres
reach the 2004 Atlantic Sun Championship where he
first collegiate goal.