It will be sometime before Sky Blue FC will have defender Mandy Freeman back on the pitch.
The NWSL side said that Freeman has undergone reconstructive surgery on her right Achilles tendon. According to the team, the former USC Trojan suffered a complete tear of the tendon during preseason training.
Sky Blue did not offer a timetable for her return.
Freeman, 23, made 21 appearances in 2018 for Sky Blue, all of them starts. During that time she recorded the second-most interceptions on the team with 41, behind fellow defender Sarah Killion.
During her rookie campaign in 2017 Freeman played in 21 matches, 20 of them starts, tallying one assist. That same season she led the team in clearances (71) and interceptions (42).
Drafted No. 10 overall in the 2017 NWSL College Draft, she was a stand-out at the University of Southern California where she garnered the 2016 PAC-12 Defensive Player of the Year award and helped lead her team to an NCAA College Cup Championship.