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February 11, 2010
Chalupny dealing with concussion issues

Lori Chalupny is taking time off from soccer to deal with concussion related issues.
Lori Chalupny is taking time off from soccer to deal with concussion related issues.
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ST. LOUIS, MO – Defender Lori Chalupny is taking an indefinite leave from both Saint Louis Athletica and the U.S. Women’s National Team for deal with concussion related issues.

Chalupny, captain of the United States Women’s National team, will miss the USA’s upcoming trip to the annual Algarve Cup in Portugal for the first time in six years. Chalupny is expected to miss time during Saint Louis Athletica’s training camp, which is set to begin on March 1. No definitive timeline has been set for her return.

“I am taking some time off so I can get some additional testing done for these concussion related issues,” said Chalupny. “I need to go through this process now to insure my health for the future. I certainly don’t like the idea of missing a tournament like the Algarve Cup, or missing any time with Athletica. I just need to get some rest and take care of these issues.”

Chalupny appeared in and started 18 games for Saint Louis in 2009, scoring two goals and adding one assist. She was named the WPS Player of the Week for week seven of the regular season, and she was voted onto the starting lineup for the WPS All-Star team.

A native of St. Louis, Chalupny has been capped 92 times by the United States and has scored eight goals in her career. Chalupny was a gold medalist in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and a member of the 2007 U.S. Women’s World Cup squad.

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