The Portland Thorns lost a key piece to their midfield this past weekend, when it was revealed that midfielder Becky Edwards suffered an Torn ACL during training on Thursday, June 13. The extent of the injury is currently unknown as the team waits for the injury to stabilize before surgery can be performed. Typical recovery time is a mimimum of six months.
The Thorns dedicated their victory Sunday to Edwards.
“This game was for Becky Edwards,” said head coach Cindy Parlow Cone following Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Seattle Reign FC. “She’s the heart and soul of this team, whether she’s on the field or not. It was so great to see everyone rally behind her and just really play for Becky tonight. Those of you who know Becky, the one thing that comes to mind about her is her heart. She plays with heart. She leaves it all on the field and she’s the first to pick up a teammate, to congratulate them or to build them back up when they’re down. To lose her was a huge shock for us the day before the game, but it was so great to pull out the win for her today.”
“Today was for her,” said forward Danielle Foxhoven. “It’s such an unfortunate loss and definitely a big one for our team. She’s the center and the heart of the team; she’s played every minute of every game. She’s just been a huge part of this team and she still will be. Today was definitely for her and that brought an extra bit of motivation to us.
To counter the loss of Edwards, the Thorns played midfielders Allie Long and Courtney Wetzel in a deeper midfield role, while defender Emilee O’Neil appeared as a late-match defensive sub as well.
With a week between matches, the Thorns should have her replacement sorted before they face league-leading Sky Blue FC on Sunday, June 23.
Prior to her injury, Edwards was reportedly on the verge of be called into camp by United States Women’s National Team head coach Tom Sermanni.