[NWSL: Week 3]Tiffany Weimer became the fifth NWSL player to be sidelined with an ACL tear in the last two months. She is expected to miss the rest of the Washington Spirit's season after sustaining the injury in her left knee during a training session last week. Other players were lost in their first practice of the season, first preseason game and in the first half of the season opener.
The Spirit acquired the 30-year-old Weimer from the Portland Thorns with whom she won the 2013 NWSL title. Weimer had previously played in Finland, Brazil, Sweden and Norway as well as clubs in the United States and Canada.
“This is obviously not an ideal situation,” said Weimer in a statement. "I can't nutmeg anyone for at least eight months. But I'll get through it and come back stronger and better."
Weimer, who is the editor in chief of Our Game Magazine, joined the Thorns midway in the 2013 season, playing in 10 games and scoring a key goal during the 2013 NWSL semifinal.
Other players lost with ACL tears ...
LAUREN SESSELMANN (Houston).The Dash lost Canada's top left-footed defender when Sesselmann tore the ACL in her left knee during training with Canada on the eve of the Cyprus Cup.
AD FRANCH (Western NY).Franch, who led the NWSL in multiple goalkeeping categories during her rookie season, sustained a torn ACL in her right knee during the Flash’s first preseason training session.
HAYLEY HAAGSMA (Sky Blue FC).The Texas Tech rookie suffered a torn ACL in her left knee during Sky Blue FC's first exhibition match against St. John's on March 15 and is expected to miss the 2014 NWSL season
BRITTANY BOCK (Houston).Bock, taken with the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NWSL expansion draft by her former college coach, Randy Waldrum, suffered a torn ACL, just 23 minutes into the Dash's first-ever game on April 12.
Still waiting to return to action after suffering ACL tears last year: Taryn Hemmings (Chicago),Kyah Simon (Boston) and Colleen Williams (Washington). Former U.S. national team defender Amy LePeilbet (FC Kansas City) has spent more than a year recovering from the second torn ACL of her career and is still waiting to return after missing all of last season with Chicago.