October 2, 2012

UNC Freshman Tagliaferri to Have Shoulder Surgery

Michael Tagliaferri

from staff reports

North Carolina freshman midfielder Michael Tagliaferri, a member of the U.S. under-19 men's national team that won gold this past summer in Finland, will have shoulder surgery in the middle of October, the school announced.

Tagliaferri will miss the remainder of UNC's fall ball schedule this month, which includes a tournament at the Landon School (with exhibitions against Cornell and Penn State) on Oct. 7 and a scrimmage against Ohio State in Baltimore Oct. 14.

Tagliaferri suffered the injury during fall ball practice. He is expected back in the spring but the exact date of his return is speculative and will be based solely on recovery time and Tagliaferri's reactions to the surgery.

"This is a really tough break for Michael," said UNC head coach Joe Breschi.

"Tags was having a wonderful fall for us and really learning our system. He was also coming off a great summer with the U.S. U19 Team, winning a world title on the national stage. Our No. 1 concern is Michael's health and long-term ability to recover to 100 percent. We will look forward to welcoming him back to the field when he is ready to compete again."

At the FIL U19 World Championships, Tagliaferri emerged a key member of the U.S. midfield, often showing off the athleticism that made him a two-sport football and lacrosse standout at San Ramon Valley (Calif.) High.

For more on Tagliaferri, check out his U.S. U19 team bio.

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