MORRISTOWN, N.J. (May 16, 2014) – Sky Blue FC midfielder Taylor Lytle is expected to miss the remainder of the 2014 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season after suffering a tibia fracture and lateral meniscus tear in her left leg during the club’s match against the Western New York Flash on May 11.
“We all feel terrible for Taylor,” Sky Blue FC technical director and head coach Jim Gabarra said. “She was one of our most important players and performing very well. We trust she is getting the best care and will be back on the field next season.”
The injury was the result of a collision between Lytle and Flash forward Sonia Bermudez in the 59th minute of action. Lytle was then carried off the field by the athletic training staff and did not return to the pitch.
“Unfortunately injuries happen,” Lytle said. “I wish it hadn’t happened because I was playing good soccer and I wanted to help out my team as much as possible, but I’m dealing with it.”
Lytle underwent surgery yesterday at Toms River Surgery Center and has chosen to stay in New Jersey with the team as she begins her road to recovery, which is estimated to take 4-6 months.
“I’m ready to take on my recovery process and come back stronger,” Lytle added. “Right now, my mindset is on rehab, to get stronger and to be there for my teammates on and off the field for the remainder of the season.”
Lytle played in the first seven games of the 2014 campaign, earning five starts for a total of 481 minutes. She recorded one assist during the Boston match on April 27 when she set up forward Monica Ocampo’s first goal of the season.
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