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U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM

May 15, 2011
WOUNDED KNEE
Tarpley out of WWC with injury


Midfielder Lindsay Tarpley will miss the Women's World Cup because of a torn ACL.
Midfielder Lindsay Tarpley will miss the Women's World Cup because of a torn ACL.
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The U.S' Women's National Team's international friendly with Japan on Saturday will go down as a win in the books. But for the Americans, it will go down as a loss.

Midfielder Lindsay Tarpley will be sidelined from the Women's World Cup after she tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee with 15 minutes left in the Americans' 2-0 victory in Columbus, Ohio.

Tarpley had replaced Heather O'Reilly at the start of the second half.

A member of the Olympic gold medal winning team in 2004 and 2008 who was also a member of the 2007 Women’s World Cup team, Tarpley will be sidelined for six-to-eight months and will be replaced on the U.S.'s WWC roster.

U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage will make a decision on the replacement in the next few days. The final rosters are not due to FIFA until 10 working days before the start of the tournament, which begins on June 26.

“It is sad to lose Tarp as she is a fantastic person and a great player. She will be missed on and off the field,” Sundhage said in a statement. “But now we have to make some decisions and we will do that quickly as it’s important to have our entire roster together as we move towards the World Cup.”

Tarpley had an MRI Saturday nightthat confirmed the ACL tear. She tore the ACL in the same knee at the end of the 2009 Women's Professional Soccer season while playing with the Chicago Red Stars and had made a recovery to earn a spot on the WWC team.

“Obviously, I’m extremely disappointed, but I believe that things happen for a reason and I know that I’ll grow and learn from this,” Tarpley said in a statement. “I had a long road back to recovery after my last surgery and one of my main goals was to get myself healthy and competing at a level that would give me the opportunity to make this World Cup Team. . . . Even though I won’t be in Germany, I will be there in spirit and cheering on the team from home. I know they are prepared and going to do great.”

Tarpley, 27, has earned 125 caps for the U.S. (20th all on the all-time list) and has scored 32 international goals. Although she has appeared in only six international games since her first ACL tear, Tarpley had scored two goals and was playing some of the best soccer of her career.

The Women’s World Cup kicks off in 42 days and will run from June 26-July 17 in nine German cities.
   
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