US defender Dahlkemper receives warning about medication

CHICAGO (AP) U.S. national team defender Abby Dahlkemper was issued a public warning from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for using a prescribed medication without getting a therapeutic use exception.

Dahlkemper has since obtained the exception for spironolactone, which was prescribed by her doctor to treat acne.

She missed one game with her National Women’s Soccer League team, the North Carolina Courage, on April 18 while she awaited approval of the exemption. That ended her league record of 5,850 consecutive minutes played.

Dahlkemper had not missed a match since she was drafted by the Western New York Flash in 2015.

U.S. Soccer and Dahlkemper issued statements Friday that emphasized the medication does not enhance performance.

”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,” Dahlkemper said.