Osborne has played 60 times for the USA and was a member of the 2007 Women's World Cup team. She was a key central midfielder for the USA and a candidate for the 18-player roster for the 2008 Olympics. Ironically, her breakthrough came in 2006 when Shannon Boxx went down with a knee injury.
Osborne, who turned 25 on Tuesday, will have knee surgery within the week and will also undergo reconstructive ankle surgery about a month later to take care of some lingering issues.
"I'm going to get both surgeries done and my plan is to be back 100% for the new pro league," said Osborne. "Hopefully, I'll make a run for the next World Cup, and then one day get to play in an Olympics."
Osborne has already come back from a serious injury once before. After finishing up her college career at Santa Clara University, she needed reconstructive surgery on her right ankle.
Her rehabilitation this time will take about 8-10 months.