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Coffee & Valkyries, Episode 11: The One With Leah Pruitt

Pruitt is determined to make an impact with two matches to go.

Jane Gershovich / OL Reign

There are two matches left in the NWSL Fall Series for OL Reign. Both are in the friendly confines of their home ground, Cheney Stadium, and after drawing at Utah Royals FC and a loss at Portland Thorns FC, OL Reign aim to close the campaign with wins at home.

As we continue to see the new faces on the squad play in the remaining two matches, forward Leah Pruitt is one of those players that hopes to make enough of an impact to make a case to be in the mix for the squad in the 2021, and also to move forward from the knee injury that kept her out of the NWSL Challenge Cup earlier in the year. During our chat, she opened up about the extent of the injury.

I had an initial surgery which was MPFL reconstruction so my kneecap would dislocate all the time - I would like go for a header, come down and it would pop out. So, that was like the initial one and then I just had like minor cleanups kind of just to get it right. So, yeah, that’s just kind of what I was dealing with and now physically I feel a lot better. My knee has definitely improved a lot. I think just getting back in soccer shape and being able to play a 90 minute game is what I need to improve on & what I’m still working towards. I think just being able to be with the team again and being able to compete with the girls is getting me back to where I want to be.


Susie Rantz (@SusieRants)

Jacob Cristobal (@jacobcristobal)

Steve Voght (@voght)


Album artwork: Amy Camber

Music: “Sunglasses” by Loyalty Freak Music

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