Updated: Aug 4, 2020
Washington Spirit captain and USWNT midfielder Andi Sullivan will be out for 3-6 months with a torn meniscus. Sullivan, a 24 year old out of Stanford, is a stalwart in the midfield and a leader of the Spirit. Sullivan suffered this injury against the Houston Dash in the 52nd minute and was taken off of the field. Sullivan will be sorely missed by Spirit fans and teammates alike as her influence, especially as a young player, is significant. The Spirit are in second place in the NWSL standings and are heading into the quarterfinals, they will face Sky Blue FC on July 18th at 12:30pm EST.
In other news, reigning WNBA MVP, Elena Delle Donne is faced with a tough decision as her request to medically opt out of the 2020 WNBA season was denied by the independent medical panel. Delle Donne has Lyme Disease, putting her at risk for the virus and further compromising her health. Should Delle Donne choose to opt out, she will not receive her salary. If Delle Donne chooses to play, she risks her already compromised health.
This is absolutely outrageous. In the NWSL, players could opt out and still receive full benefits, a considerable step made by the league. Players such as Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath, and Christen Press, chose to opt out, and they were not penalized. Carli Lloyd and Mallory Pugh, two injured players, were not penalized for not being able to partake, so why should a WNBA player be punished for an uncontrollable disease?
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