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Originally published Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 3:48 PM

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Hope Solo has wrist surgery Thursday

Reign FC goalkeeper Hope Solo is expected to be out six to eight weeks after having wrist surgery on Thursday.

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Reign FC goalkeeper Hope Solo underwent surgery Thursday to repair her right wrist, according to her Twitter account.

The procedure had been expected since last week, when U.S. Soccer announced the women's national-team star would miss the Algarve Cup, an international tournament in Portugal, due to ligament damage.

Solo, a Richland native, posted the following message on Twitter: "Headed into surgery! Thanks for all the support everybody! Through everything."

The former University of Washington star is expected to be out six to eight weeks, putting in doubt her availability for Reign FC's April 14 season opener in the new National Women's Soccer League.

U.S. Soccer doctors advised Solo, who had been playing through the injury, that it would be best to undergo wrist surgery soon with important Women's World Cup qualifiers scheduled for late 2014.

Note

• Sounders FC announced Thursday it waived second-year forward Babayele Sodade. The 22-year-old, who was selected in the second round of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, didn't play a league game for Seattle after tearing his ACL before his rookie season. He had already posted a goodbye message to fans on Twitter last week.

Joshua Mayers: 206-464-3184 or jmayers@seattletimes.com.

On Twitter @joshuamayers

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