The Heartbreaking News: Becky Sauerbrunn Ruled Out of the Women’s World Cup
It is a dark day for United States soccer as their captain, Becky Sauerbrunn, has been ruled out of the upcoming Women’s World Cup due to a foot injury. The news comes as a major blow to the holders who were hoping to defend their title in Australia and New Zealand.
Sauerbrunn, who has won two World Cups with the USWNT in 2015 and 2019 and has earned an impressive 216 caps, suffered the injury back in April. She had been working tirelessly to return to full fitness but unfortunately was unable to do so before the tournament began.
This is not all that coach Vlatko Andonovski will have to deal with either. Three other players including Mallory Swanson and midfielders Sam Mewis and Catarina Macario have also been ruled out for various reasons. This leaves Andonovski with some tough decisions when it comes time for team selection.
“Heartbroken isn’t even half of it,” said Sauerbrunn on social media after hearing the news about her exclusion from the squad. “I had hope and worked hard towards making my way back onto this team but unfortunately there just wasn’t enough time.”
The USA are set to kick off their campaign against Vietnam on July 22nd after travelling down under earlier this month. They play Wales in a friendly match in California beforehand where they will be looking for some much-needed game time ahead of what promises to be another grueling tournament.
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