U.S. Soccer announced on Monday that Courage defender Taylor Smith (shoulder) and Thorns midfielder Tobin Heath (ankle) have been ruled out of the upcoming friendlies vs. the Korea Republic. Neither player will be replaced on the roster.
Both players were injured in the NWSL Championship on Saturday, a 1-0 Portland win.
Smith was injured in the second minute after being fouled by Heath. She returned to the game, but was eventually subbed out in the 12th minute. Heath briefly left the match after being fouled by Lynn Williams in the 74th minute, but finished out the Thorns’ win.
Smith said on Twitter on Sunday that she is out for 3-4 weeks with an AC joint separation in her right shoulder.
Thank u all 4 the well wishes ill be out 3/4 weeks with an AC joint separation, cant wait 2 cheer on the @ussoccer_wnt against South Korea❤️
— Taylor Nicole Smith (@taylornsmith11_) October 16, 2017
The USWNT will play the Korea Republic on Thursday in New Orleans and Sunday in Cary, N.C.