AUSTIN, Texas — The United States defeated Ireland 2-0 on Saturday in a Tune up for the Women’s World Cup but It lost its leading scorer in this year’s season when forward Mallory Swanson was injured. a Late in the first part, she sustained serious injuries to her left knee.

Swanson, 24 years old, won in the 40th minute a Pass to the left wing. He then turned upfield, and was confronted by Aoife Manion (Irish defender). There was no foul. but Swanson fell in pain, and she grabbed her right knee. A few of her friends consoled Swanson.

Her name was changed to a With her knee locked and immobilized, stretcher a While being taken off the field, she made a heart sign using her hands. The field was cleared and she was brought to a Hospital according to a U.S. spokesperson Soccer Federation.

Swanson may not fully recover in time to allow for the World Cup It is expected to be held in Australia from July 20 through August 20, and will take place in New Zealand. a heavy blow to the United States’ hopes of winning a The third consecutive world title.

“We don’t know the extent of the injury yet,” After the match, Coach Vlatko andonovski spoke. “I’m hoping for good news in the near future.”

Andonovski told Swanson to get out of the stadium as she said so. a smile, “Coach, I’ll be good. I promise I’ll be good.”

Andonovski replied that he did. “You’re stronger than me.”

In the 24th minute, Mannion had nudged Swanson into Ireland’s goalkeeper, and Swanson remained down for several minutes before resuming play. She was unable to get up this time and she was replaced by Trinity Rodman.

Swanson already had seven goals this year in five of her games, as well as six in a row overall. She was in ascendant form after she was left out of the United States Tokyo Olympics 2021 team, which Swanson called crushing. She accepted that she had fallen adrift. a time.

American players have always been resourceful and able to replace their injuries. Before the 2008 Beijing Olympics Abby Wambach, a star forward, broke her left leg and fractured the fibula. but Without her, the United States won gold.

The first goal of Saturday’s match was scored in the 37th minute by defender Emily Fox, who drove a From outside the penalty area, a low shot to the left of the goalkeeper. This was the first time she scored in her 28-game national appearances. In the 80th minute, midfielder Lindsey Horan extended the United States’ lead to 2-0 on a You can be penalized

At 68 minutes, Julie Ertz (midfielder) entered the match. It was Julie’s first time in America since the Tokyo Olympics. a son last August. Just four minutes later she withdrew a Yellow card. Ertz would bring much-needed grit to the defensive midfield if she regains her full physical fitness.

On Tuesday, USA and Ireland will face off in St. Louis. This is the final American match prior to its 23-players World Cup The roster has been announced. Group play will see the United States facing Portugal, Vietnam and the Netherlands during the tournament.