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United's Quaranta has surgery for MRSA infection

D.C. United midfielder Santino Quaranta underwent surgery Saturday morning after being diagnosed with MRSA, a strain of staph bacteria resistant to common antibiotics.

The procedure was performed by club doctor Chris Annunziata at Virginia Hospital Center, where Quaranta was admitted Thursday night.

"It's so dangerous; it could have been a lot worse," Quaranta told the Insider. "You don't want it to get into the blood stream or muscle."

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Quaranta first notice an irritation on his right thigh Wednesday after United's 2-1 victory over the Kansas City Wizards at RFK Stadium. He was at training the next day and arranged with the medical staff to have the sore, which started in a hair follicle, treated and lanced Thursday night at the Arlington hospital. The plan was to stay overnight there and rejoin the team Friday before the flight to Texas for Saturday night's match at FC Dallas.

However, "it kept getting worse," he said. "It looked like a bad spider bite."

He underwent further testing and then had the operation, which took less than an hour. Quaranta will spend a third night in the hospital Saturday. He might be released Sunday. According to DCU General Manager Dave Kasper, Quaranta will be sidelined about two weeks.

Most MRSA infections afflict persons with weakened immune systems staying in hospitals and other health care settings. But in recent years, it has become more common in locker rooms and schools. Untreated, MRSA can result in organ failure and death.

By Steve Goff  |  May 8, 2010; 5:52 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags: D.C. United, MLS, MRSA, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Santino Quaranta, soccer  
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Comments

Wow. Heal up fast, Tino.

Posted by: PrinceBuster21 | May 8, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Zoinks! When people were saying "hope it isn't MRSA" I thought they were just overreacting, but the internets were correct again! Let's hope for a fast recovery and seeing Tino back on the field soon! Now about that frog.....

Posted by: nairbsod | May 8, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Virginia Hospital Center has Direct Kick?
Get well soon Tino!
Vamos United!

Posted by: DadRyan | May 8, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Best wishes to Tino. That's some nasty stuff there.
Wonder if RFK had anything to do with it? Dirty old rat-hole that it is.

Posted by: marksman37 | May 8, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Infections are nasty business. Just ask Mark Simpson.

Posted by: universityandpark | May 8, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

The training staff must be at blame here somehow. Hamstrings, out of shape players, and now MRSA? Or am I way off here?

Posted by: CYork1 | May 8, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Thank God he is under constant supervision at the club -- something like that is something I would probably just ignore.

Posted by: Reignking | May 8, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Time to hose down the locker room with bleach.

Posted by: JHopper2 | May 8, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Very scary. I'm glad the infection was diagnosed with time to treat it. Best wishes Tino, get well soon.

Posted by: griffin1108 | May 8, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Yikes. MRSA is no joke, I'm glad they caught it in time!

Posted by: Dynaformer | May 8, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Reason # 94613 why Goff is awesome? Excellent use of tags.

Posted by: Section117 | May 8, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

To blame the training staff for this without a lot more data is just plain silly.

First let's look at MRSA. It's a staph infection. Part of the reason we tell people to wash their hands after urinating is to avoid passing on staph infections. The point is: you can get staph infections from all sorts of places--and by other human contact is one of the most common. So b/c Santino has MRSA, it doesn't automatically follow that he got it through the team OR that the training staff is responsible.

Second, my understanding is that hamstring issues are real common early in the season as players push themselves to get in shape.

Third, the "out of shape players" is supposed to be based upon the comments of Vermes insisting that KC last year was out of shape. That always struck me as a bit of a bizarre comment--wouldn't the GM and also a former player show up at practice some times and watch the team in games just happen to notice if the players are gassed? How would that only come up AFTER the GM finally starts running practices?

Look, I'm not in the tank for the training staff. But the 3 factors you've cited are all way-off-base to me.

Posted by: JoeW1 | May 8, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

To blame the training staff for this without a lot more data is just plain silly.

First let's look at MRSA. It's a staph infection. Part of the reason we tell people to wash their hands after urinating is to avoid passing on staph infections. The point is: you can get staph infections from all sorts of places--and by other human contact is one of the most common. So b/c Santino has MRSA, it doesn't automatically follow that he got it through the team OR that the training staff is responsible.

Second, my understanding is that hamstring issues are real common early in the season as players push themselves to get in shape.

Third, the "out of shape players" is supposed to be based upon the comments of Vermes insisting that KC last year was out of shape. That always struck me as a bit of a bizarre comment--wouldn't the GM and also a former player show up at practice some times and watch the team in games just happen to notice if the players are gassed? How would that only come up AFTER the GM finally starts running practices?

Look, I'm not in the tank for the training staff. But the 3 factors you've cited are all way-off-base to me.

Posted by: JoeW1 | May 8, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

WOW. Tino may have worse luck than I do...and that's saying something.

Posted by: fischy | May 8, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see it's due to an ingrown hair not a shared needle. Staph infections aren't uncommon for drug users, so I'm happy Tino has been able to stay on the right path.

Posted by: neil_g | May 8, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

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