Ali Krieger Tears MCL and ACL; Will Be Out 6-8 Months

Some folks’ worst fears have been realized. U.S. Soccer announced Ali Krieger tore both her MCL and ACL in a challenge that occurred in last night’s match versus the Dominican Republic. According to the release, “[Krieger] will likely miss the London Olympic Games should the USA qualify.”

Krieger was one of the standout players from this summer’s World Cup, and was arguably the tournament’s finest right-back. The 27-year-old’s accurate passing and defensive prowess made her an indispensable asset to the USWNT in Germany. The FFC Frankfurt defender had made marked progress since returning to the USWNT set-up in 2010 following a two-year absence.

The loss of Krieger could have major impact on the USWNT, especially when considering possible replacements. Heather Mitts is the only natural right-back in the squad. The USWNT veteran will turn 34 on June 9. Should Pia Sundhage elect to convert other defenders to right-back, Whitney Engen, Becky Sauerbrunn, Stephanie Cox, and Brittany Taylor spring to mind as possible options.

Regardless of the player picked to fill the void, Krieger’s absence will likely not be forgotten.

7 thoughts on “Ali Krieger Tears MCL and ACL; Will Be Out 6-8 Months

  1. Sydney

    Crap, indeed.

    If KO is an option for left back, could she also be an option on the right side? Which is the bigger problem at this point?

    Has Ali Riley ever been in the conversation for left back? Is she lost to New Zealand forever or is Pia just not interested?

    1. Jenna Pel Post author

      Yup, since she’s received senior caps for New Zealand she is no longer eligible to play for the U.S.

  2. Bronco Billy

    Cami Levin. She’s as good defensively and better offensively than Ali Riley. Smart,fast and tough but it will never happen.

  3. sec

    What questions does Sauerbrunn still need to answer in order to lock in a starting role now? Something negative must happen during practices that was not apparent during the November friendly v. Sweden, or during the WWC semi-final. I understand her crosses may lack somewhat, but is Mitts a better option, going forward? And has Mitts become faster recently? I have bad memories of Bajramaj streaking past Mitts repeatedly and at will, in a friendly a few years ago.

  4. uswntFan

    Sauerbrunn was fantastic in Phoenix and at WWC. Pia should put her in for Buehler ALL the time. Try another young defender at right back, with Mitts as backup.

    And put O’Hara and Rapinoe, great offensive players, on at wing positions. There is no logical reason to put Heath or Rodriguez in at wing, and leave Rapinoe and O’Hara on the bench. Sad.


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