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March 8, 2013
U.S. goalkeeper sidelined from 3-4 months

Hope Solo could miss half the inaugural NWSL season.
Hope Solo could miss half the inaugural NWSL season.
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Don't count on Hope Solo saving the U.S. Women's National Team or the Seattle Reign any time soon.

Solo is expected to be sidelined from three to four weeks after undergoing surgery Thursday to repair torn cartilage in her left wrist, U.S. Soccer announced on Friday.

U.S. Soccer termed the surgery successful.

Solo had been playing with the injury for some time.

It has not been a very good week for American international goalkeepers. On Thursday, the U.S. lost another goalkeeper to a broken wrist at the Algarve Cup as Sky Blue FC keeper Jill Loyden broke her wrist during a practice session.

A member of the U.S. National Team since 2001, Solo is second all-time in U.S. history in caps, wins and shutouts for a goalkeeper. Since becoming the starting goalkeeper in 2005, Solo has established herself as one of the world's best women's goalkeepers. She won the best goalkeeper award at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany and had a monumental match in the gold medal game of the 2012 Olympics in London.

She has made 135 international appearances.

Solo was allocated to the Seattle Reign of the new National Women's Soccer League, which begins play in April, but she will likely miss at least the first half of the NWSL season.

The U.S. is competing at the Algarve Cup in Portugal, where it won the first two games against Iceland (3-0) and China PR (5-0). The Americans will play Sweden in their final Group B game on Monday at 11 a.m. ET (pay-per-view) for a berth to the Algarve Cup championship game.

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