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NWSL: Amy Rodriguez, Joanna Lohman to miss season

The Washington Spirit and FC Kansas City have already lost a key player each, after just one weekend after the NWSL season has kicked off.

For the Spirit, they will have to spend the 2018 season without midfielder Joanna Lohman. The same length of time will be missed for FC Kansas City’s Amy Rodriguez. Both players will be missing out on season due to ACL tears.

For Rodriguez, who scored in FC Kansas City’s 2-0 victory over the Boston Breakers, the news has her missing out on her second season in a row. During the 2016 season, Rodriguez sat out due to the pregnancy of her second child, a son named Luke.

“I’m heartbroken by this news, but I am thankful for all the support from my team, medical staff, family, friends and fans,” said Rodriguez.

“I’m extremely sorry for what happened to Amy,” said FC Kansas City head coach Vlatko Andonovski. “She worked so hard to come back from pregnancy and looked better than ever before. It is unfortunate that she is not going to be able to play this season. We’ll miss her on the field, in the locker room, and in training. Her enthusiasm is contagious.”

As for Lohman, who has been with the Spirit since the 2014 season, it is the first ACL injury of her career. Lohman gained the injury in the Spirit’s 0-1 loss against the North Carolina Courage.

“To my fans, friends and Spirit Family – It is with an incredible amount of sadness that I inform you I tore my ACL,” Lohman wrote in an Instagram post. “This team & everyone involved helps me in ways I can never fully express, so I’m most disappointed that I won’t be able to help our mission on the field. My heart is shattered but I know each of you will help by picking up one of the pieces and putting ti back in its rightful place. And because of you, I will be whole again so very soon.”

“It’s extremely unfortunate,” said Spirit head coach Jim Gabarra. “Joanna worked incredibly hard during the off-season and was poised for another excellent year. She will have our full support throughout her recovery process.”


Photo of Amy Rodriguez courtesy of  Amy Kontras/ ISI Photos.

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Rachael McKriger
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