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Rapinoe out of U.S. friendly, DiBernardo added

Megan Rapinoe has a slight heel injury and will not play for the U.S. next week against Mexico. (Photo copyright Meg Linehan for The Equalizer.)

Megan Rapinoe has a heel injury and will not play for the U.S. in Tuesday’s friendly against Mexico.  Head coach Tom Sermanni has called up University of Illinois senior Vanessa DiBernardo to take her place.

In this release, U.S. Soccer said Rapinoe suffered the injury playing for the Seattle Reign in NWSL and that it requires extra rest.

DiBernardo has 37 goals and 16 assists across 60 NCAA matches at Illinois.  Should she earn a cap it would complete the first father/daughter combination in the history of U.S. Soccer.  Vanessa’s father Angelo DiBernardo was capped 20 times from 1979-1985.

Rapinoe is set to rejoin French side Lyon and is scheduled to return to the Reign in June.



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