December 5, 2015
Megan Rapinoe tears ACL, out of Olympic qualifying
CHICAGO - U.S. women's national team and Seattle Reign midfielder Megan Rapinoe, the side's best playmaker, has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee, U.S. Soccer said Saturday.
|Megan Rapinoe has been sidelined with another ACL injury
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The non-contact injury occurred during training in Honolulu, Hawaii Friday as the U.S. prepares for a game against Trinidad & Tobago at Aloha Stadium on Sunday. An MRI scan confirmed the injury and Rapinoe will return home to Seattle to prepare for surgery.
Rapinoe will miss the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament in Frisco and Houston, Texas from Feb. 10-22.
U.S. Soccer did not immediately say if it will affect Rapinoe's availability for the Olympics next August.
Rapinoe, 30, was one of the stars for the USA at the 2015 Women's World Cup and was named to the FIFA All-Star Team. She was also one of 10 finalists for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Player of the Year. Her two goals in the opening match of the Women's World Cup against Australia kick-started the USA's run to the championship.
"I want to thank my teammates and the staff for the amazing support I've received so far," Rapinoe said. "I know I'll be in the best of hands moving forward and I'll be doing everything I can to get healthy as soon as possible. This is obviously a very difficult time, but I do feel super confident in my recovery as I've gone through this before and I know what the process will be like. I want everyone to know that I'll be fine, and that I'm currently accepting any recommendations for TV shows to binge watch and great restaurants that deliver in Seattle. I'm also going to get really good at FIFA 16."
Rapinoe tore the ACL in her left knee twice in college before she embarked on her professional career that has seen her play 113 times for the USA while scoring 31 goals.
"All of our hearts feel for Megan and she's certainly a major part of this team, both on and off the field, so to see her go down is tough," U.S. head coach Jill Ellis said in a statement. "Players getting injured is always hard, but all of her teammates know that one of the strengths of this team is depth and everyone in the player pool is prepared to step up as we continue to prepare for Olympic qualifying. Megan has a great support system and she's very resilient, so we know she will be back as soon as possible."