LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Tori Huster had surgery on Tuesday to repair the Achilles tendon she ruptured near the end of the Washington Spirit’s first-round playoff win over the North Carolina Courage earlier this month. The injury will keep Huster from playing in her second National Women’s Soccer League Championship on Saturday. The timing of the surgery also means that Huster could not make the trip to Louisville to support the Spirit against the Chicago Red Stars.
“It’s an NWSL Championship, but it’s more than an NWSL Championship. It’s doing it for her at this point,” Spirit defender Tegan McGrady said during Thursday’s media day at the Kentucky Derby Museum. “For the amount of work that she has put into her career, this is something that we all owe her at this point.”
Huster is an original Washington Spirit player, having been drafted 9th overall in the 2013 Supplemental Draft when the league’s inaugural teams first built their rosters. She has appeared in 158 regular-season games for the club and helped it to four playoff appearances. In 2016, Huster helped the Spirit reach the NWSL Championship, which ended in heartbreaking loss to the Western New York Flash.