In another blow since the end of the season, Washington Spirit goalkeeper Kelsey Wys tore her right ACL in a match with loan club Newcastle Jets. The Australian side confirmed today that Wys tore her ACL this weekend. Wys tore her ACL after awkwardly falling in a game against Perth Glory.
This is the third ACL tear from a Spirit player recently. Rookie forward Cali Farquharson tore her ACL in early September against the Seattle Reign. In the NWSL Final, second-year left back Caprice Dydasco tore her ACL. The expected recovery for a typical ACL tear is 6-9 months.
Wys made 14 starts for the Spirit this year after taking the starting job from Canadian international Stephanie Labbe, when Labbe left for the Olympics. In 2015, Wys started when former Spirit goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris left for the World Cup.
Wys’ injury is another blow in a rough offseason for the Spirit. In the past three weeks, the Spirit traded veterans Ali Krieger and Christine Nairn in addition to Megan Oyster. Crystal Dunn has talked openly about considering a move abroad.
UPDATE: This afternoon, the Washington Spirit confirmed Wys’ tear. “We all feel terrible for Kelsey and the unfortunate knee injury she suffered playing in Australia. We are confident she will get through this setback,” said Spirit head coach and general manager Jim Gabarra.