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USWNT midfielder McCall Zerboni breaks elbow during Chile friendly

North Carolina player McCall Zerboni (top) falls on Orlando player Alex Morgan (bottom) during the North Carolina Courage at Orlando Pride NWSL game at Orlando City Stadium on Saturday, June 30, 2018. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel)

McCall Zerboni broke her elbow in the early minutes of a Tuesday friendly against Chile, according to a statement released Wednesday by U.S. Soccer. 

Zerboni had to leave the game in the fifth minute after colliding with a Chile player and falling hard to the pitch. She was replaced by Morgan Brian and the United States women’s national team went on to win the match 4-0. 

Zerboni will miss the rest of the National Women’s Soccer League season due to the injury, according to the statement, a blow to the North Carolina Courage (16-1-6, 54 points), which is ranked first in the league and is preparing for the postseason.

The Courage play their last regular-season match Saturday at home against the Houston Dash and are scheduled to host a semifinal match Sept. 16. The NWSL championship game will take place Sept. 22 in Portland.

Last year, Zerboni, 31, became the oldest player to earn a cap with the U.S. women’s national team. She’s made seven appearances at the international level this year and made her second career start during the Chile friendly in San Jose, Calif., before she left the game.

For the Courage, she started all 20 games she’s played in this season and is third on the team for minutes played with 1,800. She also scored three goals and notched an assist. 

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