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Rapinoe (rib injury) replaced by Rodriguez on USWNT roster

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Megan Rapinoe will miss the United States women’s national team’s upcoming friendly matches against Chile due to a rib injury sustained with Seattle Reign FC. Utah Royals FC forward Amy Rodriguez replaced Rapinoe on the 23-player roster for training camp.

Rapinoe, whose form has made her a case for both National Women’s Soccer League MVP and world’s best player, sustained the injury last Tuesday in a match against the Houston Dash. She missed Seattle’s 1-1 draw with the North Carolina Courage on Saturday due to the injury. She has four goals and nine assists in 11 games this calendar year for the United States.

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U.S. Soccer said in a statement that Rapinoe will still join the team in training camp in California for further evaluation of the injury. The Redding, California, native last week announced a partnership with U.S. Soccer and the Shasta Regional Community Foundation to raise funds for victims of wildfires affecting large areas of Northern California, including her hometown.

Rodriguez has only one appearance for the U.S. this year, playing 14 minutes off the bench on June 7 in a 1-0 win over China.

The U.S. plays Chile on Friday in Carson, California (11 p.m. ET on ESPN2) and again on Sept. 4 in San Jose, California (10 p.m. ET on ESPN/UDN).

Updated USWNT roster vs. Chile

GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 16/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 32/0)

DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 22/0), Tierna Davidson (Stanford; 10/0), Hailie Mace (UCLA; 1/0), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC: 107/2), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 141/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 24/0), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 20/0)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars; 77/6), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 64/16), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 54/6), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 11/3), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 257/100), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 37/7), McCall Zerboni (NC Courage; 5/0)

FORWARDS (6): Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 67/23), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 136/20), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 145/90), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 103/44), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 35/11), Amy Rodriguez (Utah Royals FC; 131/30)

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