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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.”
The highlight of Women's Professional Soccer's third opening weekend: Philadelphia's rally from a two-goal deficit for a 2-2 draw across the New Jersey border at Sky Blue FC. Scoring the goals were former USC star Amy Rodriguez, who came off the bench to halve the deficit 11 minutes into the second half, and UCLA product Tina DiMartino, who netted the 90th-minute equalizer.
It's not the first time the former college All-Americans combined for the Independence, nor the most dramatic. DiMartino assisted Rodriguez's end-of-overtime goal to beat Washington in last year's playoff opener, and both had assists in Philly's semifinal victory, also in overtime, against Boston. The Independence lost, 4-0, in the title game to Northern California's FC Gold Pride, which promptly folded.
Rodriguez (Lake Forest/Santa Margarita Catholic HS), a U.S. national team forward, bounced back last year from a disappointing rookie season with Boston and led the first-year Independence with 13 goals, including the playoff winner. DiMartino, a slight playmaking midfielder, also was a big contributor after making little impact with FC Gold Pride in her first season.
Western New York's expansion team in Women's Professional Soccer is getting started with a local player. Moreno Valley's Beverly Goebel (Moreno Valley HS) was one of the two players the Buffalo/Rochester-based club selected Friday in the league's expansion draft.
Goebel, a midfielder who played collegiately at Sacramento State and Miami, saw action in 16 games (starting nine) with one goal during her rookie season this year with the Washington Freedom.
The Flash, which won the United Soccer Leagues' W-League title but must remake its roster in stepping up to the WPS, took Atlanta Beat defender Kaley Fountain with the first pick. After selecting Goebel, they passed -- there were only 19 players available -- and will fill their roster through the college draft and in a deep pool of free agents.