Winger Midge Purce of the US women’s national team and NJ/NY Gotham FC sustained an anterior cruciate ligament injury that ended her season, the team announced on Wednesday.

Early in the first half of Gotham FC’s 1-0 victory over the Portland Thorns, Purce suffered an injury.
She hobbled off the field but kept playing until shortly before halftime when she was substituted out of the game after falling to the ground while trying to catch a loose ball on the sideline.

When Gotham defeated Seattle Reign FC (formerly known as OL Reign) 2-1 in November, Purce assisted on both goals, earning her the MVP award for the 2023 National Women’s Soccer League Championship.

In twelve regular-season games the previous year, she recorded two assists and four goals. Purce said she is “heartbroken” not to be chosen for the Olympics in a message shared to her social media accounts, but she has heard from athletes who have “consoled what, for a moment, felt inconsolable.”

Purce has played several positions for the USWNT, including fullback and winger, in 30 games with four goals. Purce played for the United States in their most recent Concacaf W Gold Cup success, helping the team defeat the Dominican Republic 5-0 in the group stage with two assists.

Head coach of Gotham FC Juan Carlos Amoros has spoken out against the disruption of the NWSL preseason by the Gold Cup and its detrimental impact on player welfare. Due to injuries, Gotham was missing American players Lynn Williams and Rose Lavelle on Sunday.

To bolster his argument, Amoros also mentioned Kansas City Current’s and Brazil’s Debinha’s recent hamstring injury.

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