USWNT midfielder Andi Sullivan has torn her ACL while participating in the College Cup.
Sullivan was injured late in overtime against Santa Clara in the second round of the College Cup, having to come off the field in the 101’. Santa Clara went on to score in the 108’, winning 1-0 and eliminating Stanford.
Sullivan has been one of the most interesting new additions to the USWNT, getting her first start against Switzerland on October 19. She started again in the second game against Switzerland, and then in both games against Romania. She pulled full 90-minute shifts twice, and kept up admirably over all four games. Ellis played her as a deep-lying mid, often asking her to connect with Allie Long out of the middle of the three-back. Sullivan was good from her first cap, and though the quality of the opposition might not have been top tier, her performance was steady enough that surely she would have been called in for early 2017 camps and perhaps a shot at the SheBelieves roster to test her mettle against England, Germany, and France.
Instead Sullivan will rehab her knee; ACL rehab can take six months up to a year, putting her out for a March tournament. Hopefully rehab will be swift and she’ll be able to start playing full contact again as early as summer.