Rapinoe's tear was a non-contact injury during training on December 4, the day before the United States is scheduled to play Trinidad & Tobago. It was on a grass training field. She has torn her ACL twice before, both times in college when she played for the Portland Pilots.
ACL tears are sadly all too common in women's soccer and average recovery time is six to nine months, which could rule Rapinoe out of the 2016 Olympics, approximately eight months away. It's early days yet, though, so cross your fingers, US fans.
.@LH1505: We are obviously gutted for Pinoe. We’ll be doing everything possible to help her get ready for the Olympics...— Seattle Reign FC (@SeattleReignFC) December 5, 2015
Rapinoe will now return to Seattle in order to prepare for surgery and recover.