Sunday, May 25, 2008

Tribute to Osborne

The U.S. team got some terrible news this past weekend as it was confirmed that midfielder Leslie Osborne had torn her ACL in training last Thursday.

Known as a tremendous teammate and an extremely hard worker, the injury was a blow to the U.S. team, not only losing Osborne's world class talents on the field, but also her beloved personality off it. It's extremely difficult to describe the feelings an athlete must go through after suffering an injury of this sort just 76 days before the start of the Olympics, so we won't even try, but suffice it to say that Leslie has handled it as well as anyone could, and was actually back at training on Saturday cheering on her teammates from the sideline. Last year, the USA lost Heather Mitts to the same injury a few months before the Women's World Cup, and she is back strong competing for a spot on the Olympic Team, so we know that 25-year-old Osborne has a few more world championships left in her as well. For now, as they must, the team will move forward towards the Olympics without her on the field, missing her gritty, inspirational and always consistent play in the midfield, but surely she will still be in their hearts and minds over the next four months.

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