Seattle Reign FC goalkeeper Hope Solo underwent successful surgery Thursday to repair torn cartilage in her left wrist. Solo, who has been playing with the long-standing injury, is expected to return to action in approximately 3-4 months.
Solo, a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team since 2001, was allocated to Reign FC of the new National Women’s Soccer League in January. She is expected to miss at least the first half of the NWSL season, which begins for Seattle on April 14.
“We were all pleased to learn that Hope is expected to make a full recovery and that she should be available for our push toward the playoffs,” said Reign FC general manager Amy Carnell. “Of course, we wish Hope could be with us from the first day of preseason, but injuries are part of the game. Over the long haul, having a healthy Hope Solo makes us stronger for our run at the championship, not only this season but for seasons to come.”
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Solo is second all-time in U.S. history in caps, wins and shutouts for a goalkeeper. Since becoming the starting goalkeeper for the USA in 2005, she has established herself as one of the world’s best at her position. Solo won the best goalkeeper award at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany and had a monumental match in the gold medal game of the 2012 Olympics in London. She currently has 135 caps for the United States.