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What Tierna Davidson learned about herself during her injury

The veteran defender returned to U.S. training camp this month after tearing her ACL in 2022.

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ORLANDO, Fla. —For Tierna Davidson, the last year has been a learning process — about her club and her national team, sure, but mostly about herself.

The United States national team and Chicago Red Stars defender returned to U.S. training camp this month for the first time since tearing her ACL last March.

“There’s a lot of opportunity for learning when you’re able to just watch the game and not participate at all,” Davidson told The Equalizer this week. “It’s just like a nine-month-long film session. I would say about myself personally, what I learned less so about being a player and more just as a person, I have struggled with and learned to try and give myself a bit more grace and patience.

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