USWNT Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher Suffers Left Thigh Injury in NWSL Game

USWNT goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher suffered a left thigh injury during a National Women's Soccer League game, forcing her to be replaced in the 60th minute. The extent of the injury is unknown, casting uncertainty over her availability for the Olympics and upcoming USWNT camps.

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USWNT Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher Suffers Left Thigh Injury in NWSL Game

USWNT Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher Suffers Left Thigh Injury in NWSL Game

On May 12, 2024, US Women's National Team (USWNT) goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher suffered a left thigh injury during a National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) game between the Chicago Red Stars and the Utah Royals. The Red Stars secured a 3-1 victory, but the win was marred by Naeher's injury in the 60th minute, which forced her to be replaced by Mackenzie Wood.

The incident occurred when Naeher came off her line to contend a through ball played to Utah forward Ally Sentnor. "I'm leaving it to the pros, I don't know what's going on yet," said Red Stars head coach Lorne Donaldson, who did not have an update on Naeher's injury during his post-game press conference.

Naeher's injury raises concerns for the USWNT, with the Olympics set to begin in just over two months. The 36-year-old goalkeeper has been a regular starter for the 4x World Champions and has recently performed well, helping the team win the Concacaf W Gold Cup and the SheBelieves Cup earlier this year.

The USWNT is already dealing with several injuries to key players, including forward Alex Morgan (ankle), defenders Tierna Davidson (thigh), Naomi Girma (thigh), and Abby Dahlkemper (thigh), as well as forward Midge Purce, who tore her ACL in late March. Naeher's availability for incoming coach Emma Hayes' first USWNT camp, which includes two matches against South Korea on June 1 and June 4, is now uncertain.

Naeher, a two-time World Cup champion, has largely been the USWNT's starting goalkeeper for the past seven years. She has started seven of eight USWNT games this year and made crucial saves in penalty shootouts against Canada to help the team advance and win tournaments.

The extent of Naeher's left thigh injury is currently unknown. If she fails to recover in time for the Olympics, the USWNT may turn to North Carolina Courage's Casey Murphy and Houston Dash star Jane Campbell as potential replacements. After the matches against South Korea, the USWNT will gather its Olympic roster for send-off games against Mexico on July 13 and Costa Rica on July 16.

Key Takeaways

  • Alyssa Naeher suffered a left thigh injury during a NWSL game on May 12, 2024.
  • The injury occurred in the 60th minute, forcing her to be replaced by Mackenzie Wood.
  • Naeher's availability for the USWNT's upcoming camp and Olympics is uncertain.
  • The USWNT is already dealing with several injuries to key players, including Alex Morgan and others.
  • Casey Murphy and Jane Campbell may be potential replacements for Naeher if she doesn't recover in time.