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Havana Solaun to Miss Season With Broken Ankle

A seemingly innocuous tackle has ended the Reign rookie's season before it even began.

Jane Gershovich

For the second year in a row, the Reign's top draft pick will miss the entire NWSL season. The 15th overall pick went down in the 36th minute of the team's final preseason game against the University of Washington, on a tackle that — at the time — didn't look particularly dangerous. But today the team revealed that the University of Florida graduate broke her ankle on the play and had surgery to repair it in late April.

The lanky attacker had a strong preseason and would have been likely to get significant playing time on the wing, especially with Megan Rapinoe missing a number of games on national team duty. Instead they'll likely be leaning on Kiersten Dallstream and Danielle Foxhoven to fill that role until Dane Katrine Veje joins the team in July.

“Havana had an excellent pre season with us and we were extremely saddened by her injury, we wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to her being back on the field next season” said Laura Harvey in the team release.

Last season, first-round pick Amanda Frisbie missed the entire year with a pelvic injury and was traded in the offseason to Western New York.

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