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Lindsay Tarpley Tears ACL

U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder/forward Lindsay Tarpley tore the anterior crutiate ligament (ACL) in her right knee during training with the Chicago Red Stars on Aug. 4. The injury was confirmed with an MRI earlier in the week. Tarpley suffered the injury during the last five minutes of the team’s final training of 2009 before facing St. Louis Athletica on Aug. 5. Tarpley has not set a date for surgery, but will likely have the procedure within the next two weeks. ACL surgeries generally take 8-10 months for a full recovery. The 25-year-old Tarpley has played 119 matches for the USA (19th on the all-time list) and has scored 30 goals, tied for 12th on the U.S. all-time goal scoring chart. Tarpley has been a part of the USA’s past two Olympic Teams and the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup Team. She was the captain of the U.S. team that won the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup. She has seen action in six out of the seven matches the USA has played this year, scoring one goal, that coming in a 4-0 victory over Canada on May 25. Tarpley joins a group of nine current U.S. WNT pool players who have suffered ACL injuries. All have made full recoveries.