Hermosa Beach's Lindsay Tarpley figured to play an important role, in one place or another or perhaps in several, at the Women's World Cup this summer. Instead she'll watch from home.
The versatile midfielder/forward tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee in the U.S. women's national team's 2-0 victory Saturday over Japan in a friendly in Columbus, Ohio. It's the same ACL she tore near the end of the 2009 Women's Professional Soccer season.
Tarpley, who is married to UCLA women's head coach B.J. Snow, was one of 21 players announced Monday for the U.S. roster for the June 26-July 17 tournament in Germany. The Michigan native previously played for the U.S. in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, winning two gold medals, and in the 2007 Women's World Cup.
“Obviously, I'm extremely disappointed, but I believe that things happen for a reason, and I know that I'll grow and learn from this,” Tarpley, 27, said in a statement released by U.S. Soccer. “I had a long road back to recovery after my last surgery, and one of my main goals was to get myself healthy and competing at a level that would give me the opportunity to make this World Cup team. I have had the fortunate pleasure to be on a lot of great teams, but making this roster probably gave me the most satisfaction of any team I have been on. I proved to myself that I could do it.
“It has always been an extreme honor to be able to wear the U.S. jersey and represent my country, and even though I won't be in Germany, I will be there in spirit and cheering on the team from home. I know they are prepared and going to do great.”
U.S. coach Pia Sundhage has until June 16 to submit her roster, so there is no rush for her to determine a replacement for Tarpley.
U.S. VICTORY: Hermosa Beach's Abby Wambach and Lake Forest's Amy Rodriguez (Santa Margarita Catholic HS/USC) scored the goals in the U.S. win. The Americans and Japan meet again Wednesday in Cary, N.C. … Rolling Hills Estates' Whitney Engen (Peninsula HS) did not make the World Cup roster, but she was on the U.S. bench Saturday.
WPS NOTES: San Clemente's McCall Zerboni (San Clemente HS/UCLA) scored twice and assisted a third goal to lead the Western New York Flash to a 3-2 WPS victory Friday over the Boston Breakers. Mission Viejo's Kasey Moore (Capistrano Valley HS) converted a PK for Boston. … Diamond Bar's Alex Morgan (Diamond Bar HS), the top pick in January's draft, has scored in successive games for the Flash. She missed Friday's win while with the U.S. team in Columbus. … Palos Verdes Estates' Christen Press scored her first professional goal last week in Boca Raton, Fla.-based magicJack's victory over Atlanta. … MagicJack has been fined several times, forced to surrender two draft picks next year and seen a point deducted from its total for continued violations of WPS standards, particularly in game presentation, sponsorship and media/public relations. Owner Dan Borislow did not allow media to speak to his players until last week. Tarpley, Wambach and Redondo Beach's Shannon Boxx (South Torrance HS) play for magicJack.