Former crew player and current assistant coach Ezra Hendrickson is absent from the team in Orlando, Florida due to an unknown medical emergency during preseason practice.
The crew announced Monday morning that Hendrickson was back in Columbus to rest and recover from a “significant health situation, the details of which will remain private at this point.”
The club’s statement said it looks forward to Hendrickson’s “return to his duties when it is appropriate”.
Hendrickson is entering his third year with coach Caleb Porter. He was hired in mid-2019 and was reportedly in the running for the job of DC United head coach after completing the 2020 regular season.
Hendrickson played three seasons with the crew from 2006 to 2008 and won an MLS Cup with former coach Sigi Schmid. After his active career, Hendrickson joined Schmid in 2009 as an assistant coach at the Seattle Sounders.
After three seasons as head coach of the Sounders reserve team, Hendrickson moved to Schmid in the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2018.