Very sad news for the U.S. WNT today as it was confirmed via an MRI that defender Ali Krieger had in fact torn the MCL and ACL in her right night after being brutally tackled in the USA's opening match win over the Dominican Republic.
We are happy to report that she is handling the situation extremely well and is sincerely appreciative of the outpouring of support from fans across the world. Anyone who knows Krieger knows she's an incredibly positive person with an effervescent personality and we all know she will be back stronger than ever after her rehab.
Krieger will be sidelined for 6-8 months and will likely miss the London Olympic Games should the USA qualify. A date for Krieger’s surgery has not been set. The U.S. will not be able to replace her on the Olympic Qualifying roster as teams cannot make changes once the tournament has started.
"I feel so unfortunate and I wouldn’t wish this on anyone, especially to have it happen in a match where we were in control," said Krieger. "Soccer is a funny game and this is part of being an athlete. It’s unfortunate that the timing is really bad, but this team is about way more than one player and I know with all the support from my teammates, my family and friends and from U.S. Soccer, I will come back stronger than ever. It’s going to be a fun year and I’ll be with the team in spirit the whole way, even if I have to be a vocal leader, just sitting and watching."
The 27-year-old Krieger has earned 27 caps for the USA and launched herself into the spotlight with a fantastic performance at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany. In her adopted country in which she has lived and played club soccer for more than four years, she played every minute of all six World Cup matches and famously converted the USA’s fifth and final penalty kick to seal the dramatic victory against Brazil in the quarterfinals.
If anyone wants to post well-wishes or positive thoughts to Ali, please feel free to do so here, but here is a VERY COOL tribute to Ali.