Tobin Heath injured in Portland Thorns game

tobin portland thorns Xiaojie Ouyang/The Oregonian

Tobin Heath, Portland Thorns. (Xiaojie Ouyang/The Oregonian)

(NOTE: An earlier version of this post incorrectly identified the Orlando Pride defender who stepped on Tobin Heath’s hand as Laura Alleway.)

With the Olympics a little over a month away, it’s no time for stars  of the  U.S. women’s team to be getting hurt playing club soccer.

It happened to Tobin Heath on Sunday, when her Portland Thorn beat the Orlando Pride 2-1.

Heath left the game in the 62nd minute. “She grabbed at her hamstring after a run near the Orlando goal,” according to The Oregonian.

Earlier, her left hand was stepped on by Pride defender Josée Bélanger. The moment was captured by photographer Jeff Nickel, who posted it to Twitter:

Heath’s injuries don’t appear to have been serious. (Neither U.S. Soccer nor Heath has said anything about them, and beyond the Oregonian story, there’s scant mention of her in online coverage of the game.)

But the risk is always there. And as the Games draw closer, it’s more troubling.

Besides Heath, the Team USA players on the two rosters for just this game are:

• Alex Morgan (Pride)
• Ashlyn Harris (Pride)
• Lindsey Horan (Thorns)
• Meghan Klingenberg (Thorns)
• Allie Long (Thorns)
• Emily Sonnett (Thorns)

As Sgt. Phil Esterhaus used to tell the squad at the start of each shift on Hill Street Blues, “Let’s be careful out there.”



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