Extremely sad news for Seattle Reign FC fans: yesterday, Megan Rapinoe tore her ACL during a training session with the U.S. Women's National Team, who were preparing for Sunday's Victory Tour match in Hawaii. The ACL tear was in her right knee and was a non-contact injury.
The U.S. will face Trinidad & Tobago without Pinoe tomorrow in a match that kicks off at 5:00 p.m. PT on FOX Sports 1.
This is not the first ACL injury for Rapinoe, who turned 30 on the day of the World Cup final. She successfully recovered from two ACL tears in her left knee in college -- going on to have a fantastic national team career, where she's scored 31 goals in 113 caps. While Rapinoe is still in some of the best shape of her career, at 30, this could be a more difficult recovery.
"I want to thank my teammates and the staff for the amazing support I've received so far," Rapinoe said. "I know I'll be in the best of hands moving forward and I'll be doing everything I can to get healthy as soon as possible. This is obviously a very difficult time, but I do feel super confident in my recovery as I've gone through this before and I know what the process will be like."
It typically takes six to nine months to fully come back from an ACL tear. That means Rapinoe will be out for the start of the Seattle Reign season and could miss the Olympics. That is a tough loss for the U.S. Rapinoe was arguably the most creative playmaker for the U.S. throughout the World Cup, scoring two goals against Australia and assisting on two others. Her absence will certainly be felt in the Olympic qualifiers this Spring.
"We are obviously gutted for Pinoe. We'll be doing everything possible to help her get ready for the Olympics, and to return to Reign FC in the back-half of our upcoming season," Reign coach Laura Harvey said.
In typical Rapinoe fashion, however, she was optimistic about her recovery and off-season antics.
"I want everyone to know that I'll be fine, and that I'm currently accepting any recommendations for TV shows to binge watch and great restaurants that deliver in Seattle. I'm also going to get really good at FIFA 16."
We look forward to seeing Rapinoe score a lot of goals as herself in FIFA, and return to the pitch for the Reign -- hopefully to help propel them to their first NWSL championship win. Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Pinoe!
And, if you'd like to share any TV recommendations with Rapinoe, be sure to reply to this Seattle Reign tweet.
Let's keep all these TV Shows for @mPinoe to binge watch in one place, shall we? Reply to this tweet so she can check back whenever.— Seattle Reign FC (@SeattleReignFC) December 5, 2015