Purce out after season-ending knee injury

Purce, who plays a key role in Gotham FC's lineup is out for the rest of its NWSL campaign
Purce, who plays a key role in Gotham FC's lineup is out for the rest of its NWSL campaign / Howard Smith/ISI Photos/GettyImages

Gotham FC and United States women’s national team forward Midge Purce suffered a season-ending knee injury this past weekend in National Women’s Soccer League play. 

In Gotham FC’s match up against the Portland Thorns in Portland, Oregon, Purce sustained an injury that was confirmed to be an anterior cruciate ligament tear. She will undergo surgery to repair the tear according to Gotham FC. 

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Purce took to X to announce that she would miss the remainder of the season with Gotham FC.

This injury will leave Purce unavailable for the Paris Olympics this summer. The forward has made 30 USWNT appearances since 2019 and has recorded four goals and five assists. 

Purce spent four years at Harvard prior to her professional career. She joined the NWSL first with the Boston Breakers before two seasons with the Portland Thorns. In 2020, she was traded to Sky Blue FC, which became Gotham FC, and she has been there since.

Purce was out for most of the last NWSL season with a quad injury, but was able to return and play in Gotham FC’s championship game against OL Reign. She was the game’s most valuable player, setting up both goals in the 2-1 victory that saw Gotham to its first NWSL championship. 

The 28-year-old’s contract with Gotham FC runs through the end of this season with an option for 2025. 

Three Gotham FC stars are sitting out after sustaining injuries in the beginning of NWSL play and after the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup, which the United States won. Purce joins Rose Lavelle and Lynn Williams on the bench as Gotham FC looks toward its clash with the North Carolina Courage this next weekend.