BREAKING NEWS: Megan Rapinoe tears ACL, could miss 2016 Olympics

Rich Schultz/AP

Rich Schultz/AP

Updated at 4:50 p.m. with this statement from Laura Harvey, the coach and general manager of Rapinoe’s club team, the Seattle Reign:

We are obviously gutted for Pinoe. We’ll be doing everything possible to help her get ready for the Olympics and to return to Reign FC in the back-half of our upcoming season. 


Updated at 4:20 p.m.: A very good year

Matt Pentz of The Seattle Times writes:

The news comes at the end of a breakout year for Rapinoe, in which she was named to the all-star team of the 2015 Women’s World Cup for her role in leading to the United States to its first title in 16 years. The attacking midfielder was especially crucial as the team struggled to find its footing in the group stage, netting a pair of goals during the tense opener Australia.

Pentz doesn’t mention it, but Rapinoe was one of 10 players onthe short list for this year’s Women’s World Player of the Year award, which will be presented in Zurich on Jan. 11. The finalists are Carli Lloyd, Celia Sasic of Germany, and Aya Miyama of Japan.


Updated at 4:05: Surgery anticipated.

The Associated Press says Rapinoe will need surgery, “jeopardizing her chances of playing in next summer’s Rio Olympics.”

An injury like hers “typically requires a recovery period of a year or more.”

She’s heading home, to Seattle. “No date for surgery has been announced, but it likely will be done once the swelling has subsided.” the AP reported.

It was a noncontact injury.


Updated at 3:50 with this background:

Rapinoe turned 30 on July 5 of this year — the day the United States won the World Cup.

She has 113 appearances and 31 goals for Team USA.

She earned her first cap on July 23, 2006, and scored her first goal on Oct. 1, 2006.

She tore the ACL in her left knee twice while at the University of Portland, which she attended from 2005 to 2008. Because of those injuries, she didn’t play for the national team in 2007 or 2008. She missed the 2007 World Cup and the 2008 Olympics.



Updated at 3:40 to include these tweets from teammates:


Updated at 3:35 pm to add this statement from U.S. coach Jill Ellis:

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.

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.


Updated at 3:30 pm to add this statement from Megan Rapinoe:

I want to thank my teammates and the staff for the amazing support I’ve received so far. 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.


Original post:

Midfielder Megan Rapinoe tore the ACL in her right knee during training in Honolulu,  U.S. Soccer announced Saturday.

There are few details, but ESPNW said the injury could be serious enough to keep Rapinoe out of next summer’s Olympics.

I’ll update this post as more information becomes available.


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