Angel City FC defender Sarah Gorden is set to be sidelined for the start of the NWSL season after sustaining a knee injury.
The club announced Monday the lesion will “keep her out of competition for a period of time.”
“We are saddened that Sarah has experienced this injury. The team, our staff, and the whole Angel City organization is here to fully support her on her road to recovery,” said head coach Freya Coombe in a team statement.
In a recent post, Gorden can be seen with a full knee brace, with a caption that says “I feel it looks better on me than OBJ.”
This is a huge blow for the expansion side, who already has a somewhat smaller roster than most teams in the league. The squad stands at just 25 players, while bigger sides boast a 30-player preseason roster.
29-year-old Gorden joined the expansion side during the offseason following a trade with the Chicago Red Stars. Gorden played a crucial role for the Red Stars in their 2021 championship run.
That same year, the player earned Chicago’s first Iron Woman title after playing every minute of every game – 2,160 minutes through 24 games and stood as a nominee for NWSL Defender of the Year.
Gorden was traded alongside Julie Ertz, who is not expected to join Angel City for their upcoming debut season.
The club will begin its inaugural campaign with the start of the NWSL Challenge Cup on March 19.