by Jim Fossell

St. Charles, MO

Emanuel Forbes was enjoying his rookie season with the St. Louis Ambush when he suffered a torn lateral collateral ligament (LCL) in a January 3 game against the Missouri Comets at the Family Arena. Forbes posted four goals, four assists and five blocks in those nine games and quickly became a fan favorite for giving one hundred percent in every game and for the element of speed he added to the squad. Although the injury slammed the brakes on Forbes’ season, he was down but not out.

GAME OVER: Manny Forbes writhes in pain after tearing his LCL in a game against the Missouri Comets January 3, 2015 at the Family Arena.

On June 19, the Ambush announced that Forbes is recovered and signed the midfielder/forward to a two-year deal. He said his strong faith helped him get through the long recovery process. “During the recovery, I kept reminding myself that everything works for good and is for God’s glory,” Forbes said.  Manny also thanked the team from Mercy who helped put him back on the pitch;  Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr. Michael Milne and Physical Therapists Katie and Amanda. Forbes said Katie and Amanda help him achieve proper healing during the rehabilitation process and “taught me the importance of making sure that my whole body is working properly.”

Prior to joining the Ambush last season, Forbes spent his collegiate career at Southern Wesleyan University and Gordon College. At SWU, here he played both forward and midfielder while earning a spot on the SSAC All-Eastern team and the NCAA All-South Region Team. He has played professionally with Georgia Revolution (NPSL).