Lori Chalupny is 3rd member of U.S. World Cup team to retire

Lori Chalupny right celebrates with Lauren Holiday and Megan Rapinoe after scoring against New Zealand on April 4, 2015, in Chalupny's hometown of St. Louis. (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Lori Chalupny (right) celebrates with Lauren Holiday and Megan Rapinoe after scoring against New Zealand  at Busch Stadium in Chalupny’s hometown of St. Louis on April 4, 2015 . (Jeff Roberson/AP)

 

Lori Chalupny, who came back to the U.S. national team from years in concussion hell, announced that she’s retiring at the end of the year.

She joins Lauren Holiday and Shannon Boxx, who earlier announced that they’re hanging up their boots.

Chalupny, 31, had to leave the U.S. team in 2009 because of repeated concussions. Her struggle back, beginning last year, was heroic. But her contribution since rejoining the U.S. team was limited.

A midfielder-turned-defender,  she played in one game of this year’s World Cup, coming off the bench for the final 10 minutes against Colombia.

In all, she’s appeared in nine games in 2015, starting three. She has two goals.

On May 10, in a match against Ireland, she became the 32nd U.S. player to earn 100 caps.

Chalupny plays for the Chicago Red Stars and is in her third season as the assistant women’s soccer coach at Maryville University in St. Louis.

She is to be honored tonight (Aug. 19) when the U.S. women play Costa Rica in Chattanooga, Tenn.

 

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