According to the team, Tiernan suffered complete tears of her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL) in her right knee. The injury occurred during a team training session on Wednesday, March 27.
She will have reconstructive surgery and will recover at her home in New Jersey, the team said.
Just days prior to Tiernan’s injury, Sky Blue said defender Mandy Freeman would be out indefinitely after undergoing reconstructive surgery on her right Achilles tendon.
The team said Freeman suffered a complete tear of the tendon during preseason training. A timetable for her return is not known.
Sky Blue’s will begin the NWSL season April 13 against the Washington Spirit at Maryland SoccerPlex. The home opener will take place on Saturday, April 20, at 6 p.m. against the Houston Dash at Yurcak Field on the campus of Rutgers.
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Life has a funny way of knocking us off our feet and making us question everything. I’ve been looking for the right words to say in this bleak situation and I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to explain how I feel. My identity, my why, the sport I’ve given all of my blood, sweat and tears to for almost 20 years of my life has suddenly ripped me to pieces. The ugly truth: I tore my ACL. If there is one thing I know for sure, the next several months ahead are going to be the hardest of my life. I’m going to attack everyday with everything I have to get back to being Madison…but this time, even stronger. I’m so lucky to have the greatest family, the most supportive boyfriend, incredible friends and teammates, and even young girls who challenge me and teach me so much about what happiness truly is. To my Sky Blue sisters: I promise I will be the loudest person on the sidelines all year pushing all of you past your limits. You all are my motivation to climb this hill every single day. Jersey, once again, has showed me how loved and supported I am and that we can get through this together. So don’t you worry…I’ll be back with an even stronger fire in my soul xxoo 💙❤️