BY DAN KARELL
The U.S. Women’s National Team seems to have caught the injury bug, and it’s not going away soon.
Midfielder Carli Lloyd has suffered a fracture in her left shoulder, ruling her out for six to eight weeks. Lloyd suffered the injury during the national team’s first match against Iceland at the Algarve Cup, leaving the match in the second half. An MRI revealed that the damage to the shoulder was worse than thought, though surgery will not be necessary.
Lloyd was allocated to the Western New York Flash, but with the injury, will likely miss the first month of the upcoming inaugural National Women’s Soccer League. The New Jersey native has accumulated 151 caps and has scored 43 goals since debuting with the national team in 2005.
Lloyd was one of the USA’s heroes during the 2012 Olympics, scoring four goals, including both goals in the final, a 2-1 win over Japan. It was Lloyd’s second time scoring a game-winning goal in an Olympic final, repeating her heroics from 2008.