Ali Krieger, a mainstay of the U.S. women’s back line, sustained a concussion Friday night in Houston during the opening game of the 2015 National Women’s Soccer League season.
Here’s the story from The Washington Post.
Krieger, who plays for the Washington Spirit, collided in midair with Jessica McDonald of the Houston Dash. Both were trying to head a ball that had been sent into the box.
Krieger lay on the ground for several minutes before being removed on a stretcher. She was conscious, speaking with Spirit goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, who stayed at her side. Krieger waved to the crowd as she was wheeled off the field.
The collision occurs at the 33:20 mark of this video:
There were no updates over the weekend to indicate how long Krieger might be sidelined. The World Cup gets under way in Canada in 54 days.
There were encouraging early signs, however.
After examination at a Houston hospital, the 30-year-old defender was cleared to fly back to Washington with her team.
A story on the Spirit’s website characterized her injury as “a mild concussion.” Krieger’s dad, a longtime youth soccer coach in the Washington area, told The Post that the results of a CAT scan and an X-ray were negative.
Krieger missed the 2012 Olympics because of a gruesome knee injury sustained in a qualifying match against the Dominican Republic.