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U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM

September 17, 2010
SHOULDER SURGERY
Solo to miss World Cup Qualifying


Hope Solo will miss Women's World Cup Qualifying while recovering from shoulder surgery.
Hope Solo will miss Women's World Cup Qualifying while recovering from shoulder surgery.
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CHICAGO - U.S. Womenís National Team goalkeeper Hope Solo will undergo surgery on Wednesday, Sept. 22, on her right shoulder. Renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews will perform the procedure in Birmingham, Ala., and the rehabilitation is expected to take five-six months.

Solo will miss the CONCACAF qualifying tournament for the FIFA World Cup, which is being held in Mexico in late October and early November. Should the U.S. qualify, Solo will be on track to be healthy and ready for selection for the Womenís World Cup, which kicks off June 26 in Germany.

Solo has consistently been the USAís first-choice goalkeeper since the beginning of 2005 and has accumulated 91 caps, the second most in U.S. history for her position. She has started six of the nine games the USA has played this year, winning them all while allowing just two goals. Solo played 22 WPS matches this year for both the St. Louis Athletica and the Atlanta Beat and was by far the league-leader in saves with 104.

ďThese next two years are huge for the national team with the World Cup and Olympics on the horizon and I wanted to make sure that I would be giving my team and my country my best on the field,Ē said Solo. ďIíve been having some painful issues with the shoulder for a while and for a goalkeeper itís been difficult physically and mentally to play with this kind of an injury, so it was time to get it taken care of. I know Iím in the best hands and I plan on working diligently on my rehab to get back to one hundred percent. In the meantime, I know my teammates will get us to the World Cup and I canít wait to join them next spring.Ē


   
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