Abby Dahlkemper & USADA Reach an Accord

By Sean McCaffery, May 5, 2018

This standout player for the USWNT and NWSL had sat for the game on April 18 and is now cleared to play as she had on April 21. She had used a prescribed acne medication for what she described as her "persistent skin condition" and now has been issued a Theraputic Use Exemption (TUE) for the medicine. This public warning by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, USADA, has been accepted by the defensive stalwart for failing to get the TUE in advance of using this treatment that is banned in absence of a TUE. US Soccer acknowledged that she had gotten it from her private doctor, as a treatment for acne, unrelated to being a PED, she had even listed it at the time of her sample collection. She may now continue to use it, US Soccer fully cooperated so she may return to the field asap. In a statement she informed. "As athletes, we are responsible for knowing about the medications we take. I made the mistake of not being more diligent about a medication my doctor prescribed for my persistent skin condition and I should have confirmed that the medication was free of all banned substances. The medication I am taking does not have any performance-enhancing effects and my use of this medication has since been approved by USADA. I appreciate U.S. Soccer guiding me through this process and I'm grateful that this has been resolved. I am looking forward to the rest of the 2018 season.