Hold your breath, America, for the status of Carli Lloyd is currently unknown three months ahead of the 2016 Olympics after the 33-year-old reigning World Player of the Year injured her right knee playing for the Houston Dash Saturday night.
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Lloyd, who starred for the U.S. women’s national team at last summer’s Women’s World Cup, was injured inside the opening five minutes of the Dash’s National Women’s Soccer League game against the Orlando Pride, a 2016 NWSL expansion side, and will undergo and MRI in the coming days to assess the potential damage.
The play in question (below video) saw Lloyd close down an opponent who attempted to clear the ball up field. Lloyd blocked the attempted long ball with the bottom of her boot and immediately came up limping, went to the ground in pain, left the field for treatment and was eventually substituted out of the game minutes later.
With the recent retirements of USWNT legends Abby Wambach and Lauren Holiday, and the pregnancies of current stars Sydney Leroux and Amy Rodriguez, USWNT head coach Jill Ellis finds herself increasingly short of options in the attacking half of the field as this summer’s games in Rio de Janeiro approach.
The Pride announced that more than 21,145 tickets had been sold for Saturday’s game, breaking the Portland Thorns’ single-game attendance record in NWSL history (this is the fourth season of the league).