Carli Lloyd joins Megan Rapinoe among USWNT stars missing NWSL's return to action

The National Women's Football League is back in action without many of its biggest names.
The U.S. Women's Veteran, Carli Lloyd, will miss the NWSL 2020 Challenge Cup - a 25-game tournament designed to compensate for the delay in the NWSL season - after suffering an injury while training at home Team Sky Blue FC said on Sunday.
"Unfortunately, I sustained an injury during home training," said Lloyd in the Sky Blue FC announcement. "I was optimistic that I would be able to return to the NWSL Challenge Cup in time, but my injury will take more time to recover."
Several USWNT stars will miss the NWSL Challenge Cup
Lloyd joins a number of USWNT stars to bid farewell to the Challenge Cup. Megan Rapinoe, a member of Tacomas OL Reign, had previously announced that they would skip the tournament due to concerns about the possible spread of the corona virus and the risk of injury from a compressed schedule.
Alex Morgan and Christen Press will also miss the tournament. The careers of these four players together represent 769 games and 340 goals with the USWNT-A national team.
Even without these names, the NWSL will have a fascinating opportunity to become the first team sports league in the United States to play games again after the corona virus was interrupted.
At the NWSL Challenge Cup, all nine NWSL teams play games in Salt Lake City. No spectators are allowed into the stadiums and players are subjected to strict test and quarantine rules. The setup will likely be of interest to other leagues that are preparing to return under conditions similar to those of the NBA.
The NWSL will be missing some important names at the Challenge Cup. (Photo by Abbie Parr / Getty Images)
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