US women's soccer star Megan Rapinoe tears knee ligament

US women's soccer star Megan Rapinoe tears knee ligament

CHICAGO (AP) — Megan Rapinoe of the U.S. World Cup champion soccer team has a torn knee ligament that will require surgery, jeopardizing her chances of playing at next summer's Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

The U.S. Soccer Federation said Saturday the Seattle Reign midfielder tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee during training Friday in Honolulu. It was a noncontact injury. She already has twice torn the ACL in her left knee.

The 30-year-old Rapinoe was scheduled to travel home to Seattle. No date for surgery has been announced, yet it likely will be done once the swelling has subsided.

p>Rapinoe scored two goals in the World Cup opener against Australia.

Source: “Associated Press”