Canada star Janine Beckie out of World Cup, NWSL season with knee injury

Portland Thorns forward Janine Beckie tore a ligament in her right knee and will miss the National Women’s Soccer League season and the World Cup this summer with Canada.

Beckie tore her ACL in a preseason game between the Thorns and the U.S. Women’s Under-23 National Team on Wednesday.

He said “heartbroken is an understatement” in a post on social media Friday.

“Having worked so hard in the offseason for what had to be one of the biggest seasons of my career, defending the Portland Thorns title and of course playing in the World Cup with Canada, being away for a long period of time. It’s a hard pill to swallow,” he wrote.

Beckie, 28, has been playing for Canada since 2014. She made her 101st appearance for Canada in a game against Japan last month in the team’s final SheBelieves Cup tournament game in Texas.

In total, he has 36 goals for Canada, who are currently ranked sixth in the world.

Beckie signed for the Thorns last season after four seasons with Manchester City in the Women’s Super League.

The Thorns said Beckie will have surgery in the coming weeks.

Report from The Associated Press.

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