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Red Stars’ Kealia Watt recovering from torn ACL in last year’s semis

(Bryan Byerly/ISI Photos)

The Chicago Red Stars confirmed Wednesday that star forward Kealie Watt tore her ACL during the NWSL semifinal last season, according to Claire Watkins.

Watt is currently doing rehabilitation at home and will “join the team when she’s ready.”

The forward exited the team’s semifinal game against the Portland Thorns in the 28th minute and did not return. The Red Stars took down the Thorns and advanced to the championship game, where they lost to the Washington Spirit.

A member of the Red Stars since 2020, when she was acquired via a trade with Houston, Watt played in 26 games during the 2021 season. She led the team with five goals scored as well as four assists.

NWSL players reported to preseason camps on Tuesday with the 2022 Challenge Cup beginning March 16.