USWNT goalkeeper came on for Red Stars

Chicago Red Stars goalie Alyssa Naeher was forced to leave Sunday’s game against the Utah Royals after suffering an injury.

Naeher got away gingerly after a recovery run in the second half. The 36-year-old tried to continue but clearly struggled and had to be replaced by Mackenzie Wood in the 62nd minute.

The injury is bad news for the Red Stars and could potentially become a problem for the U.S. women’s national team as well, with the Olympics starting in just over two months.

Naeher has been an ever-present as the USWNT’s starting goalkeeper for a number of years and recently cemented her spot with some excellent performances in the W Gold Cup and SheBelieves Cup this spring.

The injury could jeopardize Naeher’s availability for incoming coach Emma Hayes’ first USWNT camp, with the team facing two matches against South Korea on June 1 and 4.

Following these matches, the USWNT will assemble its Olympic roster for the farewell matches against Mexico on July 13 and Costa Rica on July 16.

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