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LePeilbet’s ACL torn again

Prairie Ridge graduate Amy LePeilbet trains Aug. 2 during soccer practice for the 2012 London Summer Olympics at Cochrane Park in Newcastle, England. LePeilbet recently suffered a torn ACL and is expected to be out six to eight months.

Prairie Ridge alumna and U.S. women’s national team defender Amy LePeilbet’s soccer career reached its pinnacle as she helped the U.S. secure a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics in London.

LePeilbet was prepared to play for the Chicago Red Stars in the new National Women’s Soccer League, which begins in May. However, LePeilbet will be sidelined about six to eight months after she underwent surgery Jan. 29 to repair the ACL in her left knee – the same one she tore and had repaired in 2006.

“Thank you for all the well wishes :) Just a new challenge on the horizon!,” LePeilbet tweeted Jan. 29.

She posted a photo of herself with an edible arrangement from her U.S. teammates on Twitter Thursday. She did not return a phone call and text messages from the Northwest Herald, and a U.S. Soccer representative said she would not be available to speak about the injury this week.

LePeilbet, 30, is still in the national team player pool, but she won’t be on training camp or tournament rosters any time soon. She made her first career national team appearance Jan. 30, 2004, against Sweden and competed in the 2011 World Cup, earning silver, in addition to last year’s Olympics.


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