Catley out remainder of NWSL season with broken foot

The Equalizer Staff August 22, 2016 9
Steph Catley (right) is out for the rest of the NWSL season. (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)

Steph Catley (right) is out for the rest of the NWSL season. (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)

Orlando Pride defender Stephanie Catley will miss the remainder of the NWSL season after suffering a left metatarsal fracture and right hamstring strain during the Rio 2016 Olympics with Australia.

Catley had played all 990 minutes of the 11 matches she featured in for the Pride this season before departing for Brazil for the Olympics, where Australia bowed out to the host nation in the quarterfinals after falling in a penalty-kick shootout. She scored the first goal in club history on April 17 against her former team, Portland Thorns FC.

“We know Steph’s disappointed and we’re obviously devastated that we won’t be seeing her in an Orlando Pride shirt again this season,” Pride head coach Tom Sermanni said.  “But we’re confident that Steph and our medical team at Orlando Health will work together to have her back and strong for the 2017 season.”

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Orlando is on the wrong side of the chase for the final playoff berth over the final month of the season. Orlando (6-9-0, 18 pts.) is 7 pts. adrift of the Chicago Red Stars for the fourth and final playoff spot with five games to go.

“Obviously it’s incredibly disappointing. Before going to the Olympics I hadn’t missed a minute for the Pride, so it’s going to be really hard to watch from the sidelines,” Catley said. “I’m so grateful for this amazing club and all of the support from my teammates and the fans that I have already received. I have so much faith in this playing group that we will have a strong end to the season.”

The Pride could be in the mix to land Australia striker Lisa De Vanna, per The Equalizer’s Dan Lauletta, but nothing is set on that front yet.

[Lauletta: Takeaways from the Rio 2016 Olympics]

  • Craigaroo

    Bummer. It was a major blow to Australia when she left the quarterfinals only 20 minutes in. Does anyone remember what happened?

    • guest123

      She injured her foot while training with AUS in Brazil. There were pictures of her in a boot with a fan. I think it might have gotten worse when she played the group games and which is why she subbed in on 2/3 games instead of starting. You already know that she hurt her hamstring when she played in the quarterfinal vs Brazil.

      • ARED

        Yep, she’s had a bit of trouble with some foot injuries, even last year at the World Cup. Shame to have injuries at a big tournament, and for the Matildas it definitely was a big factor missing her throughout the tournament.

  • Guest

    Pity. Definitely would have been in my best XI or second XI

  • Attack killers

    If LDV comes back she can try to wrest the “most offside ” record back from Ohai.

    • rob

      LDV is just too quick and the crosses are too late, LOL. Any word yet if she will be joining a NWSL team?

  • Guest

    Why does this only have 5 comments, this is pretty significant news

    • Steglitz49

      Readers of the EQ obviously do not svaret your opinion.

  • ARED

    i’ll add a comment, since Guest requested it ; ) I knew it wouldn’t be a big topic here, but I was a bit surprised to check back and see still very few comments here.

    I haven’t seen this discussed here, but Canada’s good run all started by the shocking 20-second goal they scored against Australia -and that came really only courtesy of a sequence of errors by the Matildas. I can’t say whether Catley would have influenced that play or not, but maybe just being there as an option would have helped calm the CBs down and prevented the disaster. I can say that for as well as they played in Brazil, they were always fighting a bit uphill when she wasn’t on the pitch due to missing her plus the domino effect on the rest of the lineup.