Redding's Megan Rapinoe tears ACL eight months before Rio Olympics

Dec 5, 2015 9:49 PM by Associated Press (Photo by US Soccer)

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, but it likely will be done once the swelling has subsided.

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

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