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Ali Krieger had a near-death experience while in college and at the time, didn’t know if she would be able to follow her dreams of playing for the U.S. Women’s National Team, or even continue playing soccer at all. With the support of her family and teammates, and armed with a new perspective, she was able to recover and offer support to her brother who was going through his own struggles at the time. Now, the siblings are each other’s role models and confidantes, helping each other achieve success and happiness.

WNT Puts on a Show For Detroit and Birmingham

The U.S. Victory Tour rolled through Michigan and Alabama as the World Champions delighted the large crowds with two convincing performances.

WNT Jersey Auction Raises $63,924 to Benefit the Chattanooga Heroes Fund

CHICAGO (Sept. 24, 2015) – The autographed, game-worn jerseys of the players from the U.S. Women’s World Cup Team that faced Costa Rica on Aug. 19 at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee, drew a total of $63,924.05 via an online auction. All proceeds from the unique fundraiser will go to the Chattanooga Heroes Fund to benefit the families of the victims from the July 16 tragedy in Chattanooga in which five U.S. servicemen were killed.

The USA defeated Costa Rica, 7-2, at the match in Chattanooga where the players were led out on the field by members of the military. There was also a moment of silence before the game and the players wore black armbands in remembrance. 

U.S. defender Ali Krieger’s jersey drew the highest winning bid of $11,100 while goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris’ jerseys went for $9,100 and Alex Morgan’s went for $7,900. Every one of the jerseys went for more than $750 and averaged $2,779 each.

“We are fortunate to be able to play the game we love and inspire others, and to have the opportunity to help the fund and help the families of the victims is the least we can do,” said Krieger. “We were honored to play for the United States in Chattanooga and to auction off our jerseys to benefit the families of servicemen who do so much for country.”

WNT Defeats Haiti 5-0 at Ford Field in Detroit

DETROIT (Sept. 17, 2015) – The World Cup Champion U.S. Women’s National Team continued its Victory Tour with a 5-0 win against Haiti in front of a record crowd of 34,538 at Ford Field. The crowd was the largest to attend a soccer game in the history of the Detroit stadium.

Carli Lloyd struck first for the U.S. in the sixth minute. The 2015 World Cup Golden Ball winner was set up by a Crystal Dunn cross in a prelude of what would come over the next 84 minutes. In the 33rd minute, Dunn again had the assist, finding Christen Press with a near-post cross and she volleyed home for her 25th WNT score. Four minutes later, Lloyd added her second, and would complete her hat trick in the second half.

In the final minutes of the match, Dunn rose up for a header off a cross from Heather O’Reilly to earn her first international goal in her first start of the year and just her second cap of 2015. The teams will travel south for another match-up as the Victory Tour continues in Birmingham, Alabama on Sept. 20. For more information on tickets, click here. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Carli Lloyd (Crystal Dunn) 6th minute:
Crystal Dunn picked up the ball on the right and beat her defender down the line Just before reaching the end line, Dunn whipped a cross into the box. Lloyd out-jumped her defender and for a spectacular header, bouncing it in for first goal of the game. USA 1, HAI 0 SEE GOAL 

USA – Christen Press (Crystal Dunn), 33rd minute: Similar to the first goal, Crystal Dunn played creator. She worked a give-and-go with Tobin Heath before moving down the right-hand edge of the box and again curled in a cross that found Christen Press in front of the goal. Press shielded her defender and with re-directed the cross into the net at the near post. USA 2, HAI 0 SEE GOAL 

USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty kick) 37th minute: After Christen Press was taken down in the box, the U.S. was awarded a penalty kick. Lloyd powered a perfectly placed shot past the diving ‘keeper and into the right corner for a 3-0 halftime lead. USA 3, HAI 0 

USA – Carli Lloyd (Lauren Holiday) 69th minute: Lauren Holiday drove a perfect ball across the box on the corner kick. Lloyd rose above the pack and sent her header back across the goal, over the Haiti ‘keeper and into the net to complete her hat trick. USA 4, HAI 0 SEE GOAL 

USA – Crystal Dunn (Heather O’Reilly) 90+3 minute: In the game’s final seconds Crystal Dunn scored her first career international goal. It came on a cross from Heather O’Reilly. Dunn cut through the box, sliced in front of Abby Wambach and jumped high to power her header home. USA 5, HAI 0 FINAL 

Next on the Schedule: The WNT continues the 2015 Victory Tour with a stop in Birmingham, Alabama on Sept. 20 where it will face Haiti at Legion Field. 
Broadcast information: ESPN2, WatchESPN (1:30 p.m. CT; Sept. 20) 
Social:  Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt@ussoccer_esp);  FacebookInstagram 

Milestone Watch:
  • In addition to tallying two assists for her first international points, Crystal Dunn scored on a header in stoppage time for her first international goal.
  • With their appearances tonight, Becky Sauerbrunn earned her 90th cap, while Ali Krieger earned her 75th cap. Hope Solo earned her 180th cap.
  • With her goal tonight, Christen Press became the 22nd player in U.S. WNT history to score 25 goals.
  • Carli Lloyd’s trio of scores pushed her career total to 74 and she is now just one goal away from tying Cindy Parlow for sixth on the all-time list. The U.S. captain has scored 10 times in her last seven games and tonight marked her 10th multi-goal game for the WNT.
  • Lloyd became the sixth WNT player with four career hat tricks.
  • The WNT extended its record unbeaten streak to 99-consecutive home games (87-0-12). The last loss at home came to Denmark on Nov. 6, 2004.

  • Additional Notes:
    • Crystal Dunn’s start was her first of 2015 and her first appearance since coming on as a substitute against England in February. Dunn was the 2015 NWSL Golden Boot winner, scoring 15 goals.
    • Prior to the Sept. 20 match in Birmingham, midfielder Tobin Heath will be honored for earning her 100th cap. Against Costa Rica on Aug. 19, Heath became the 33rd American female to play 100 times for her country. She debuted for the USA in January of 2008 and has scored 12 goals over her first 101 games, including famously tallying the fifth goal in the 2015 Women's World Cup Final.
    • With the win tonight, the WNT remained unbeaten indoors, improving to 16-0-1.
    • The USA improves to 5-0-0 all-time against Haiti with 34 goals scored and none conceded.
    • Ashlyn Harris played the second half in goal to earn her eighth cap.
    • Carli Lloyd leads the USWNT in scoring in 2015 with 13 goals. The third time she has reached double-digits in goals scored in a calendar year. Her career high is 15, which she achieved in 2014 and 2012.

    - U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report -

    Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Haiti
    Date: Sept. 17, 2015
    Competition: International Friendly – Victory Tour
    Venue: Ford Field; Detroit, Michigan
    Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
    Attendance: 34,538
    Weather: Indoors 

    Scoring Summary:       1          2          F
    USA                                3          2          5
    HAI                                 0          0          0 

    USA – Carli Lloyd (Crystal Dunn)            6th minute
    USA – Christen Press (Crystal Dunn)        33
    USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty kick)              37
    USA – Carli Lloyd (Lauren Holiday)         69
    USA – Crystal Dunn (Heather O’Reilly)    90+3

    USA: 1-Hope Solo (18-Ashlyn Harris, 46); 5-Kelley O’Hara (11-Ali Krieger, 46), 19-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 22-Meghan Klingenberg; 25-Crystal Dunn, 14-Morgan Brian (12-Lauren Holiday, 46), 17-Tobin Heath (3-Christie Rampone, 63), 23-Christen Press (9-Heather O’Reilly, 63), 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.); 13-Alex Morgan (20-Abby Wambach, 63) 
    Subs Not Used: 6-Whitney Engen, 7-Shannon Boxx, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 16-Lori Chalupny, 21-Alyssa Naeher
    Head coach: Jill Ellis 

    HAI: 12-Edny Limage (capt.) (1- Jonie Gabriel, 87); 2-Soveline Beaubrun, 4-Clorene Rateau, 6-Kimberly Boulos, 7-Roselord Borgella, 8-Sherly Jeudy (5-Sabine Chandler, 46), 9-Nerilia Mondesir, 10-Betcheba Louis (3-Jennifer Limage, 82), 13-Zila Lafleur (18-Kensia Destinvil, 86), 17-Yvrose Gervil, 20-Phisline Michel (16-Darline Radamaker, 46)
    Subs Not Used: 19-Bencia Erleus, 21-Emeline Charles
    Head coach: Shek Borkowski 

    Stats Summary: USA / HAI
    Shots: 36 / 1
    Shots on Goal: 13 / 1
    Saves: 1 / 8
    Corner Kicks: 7 / 1
    Fouls: 2 / 9
    Offside: 5 / 0 

    Misconduct Summary:
    HAI – Kimberly Boulos (caution)             85th minute 

    Referee: Katja Koroleva (USA)  
    Assistant Referee 1: Princess Brown (JAM)
    Assistant Referee 2: Stacy-Ann Greyson (JAM)
    4th Official: Tori Penso (USA) 

    Budweiser Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd

    Behind The Crest. Ep. 8 - #USWNT in Canada

    The U.S. WNT wins the World Cup and celebrates with fans in this final episode of Behind the Crest from Canada. After a great win against Japan in Vancouver, the team goes on set at FOX, heads back to the USA to present the trophy to fans in Los Angeles and caps it off with a historic ticker tape parade in New York City.


    Ali Krieger Dribbling

    When Krieger graduated from Penn State, the U.S. pro league was shut down. “I wasn’t ready to work a day job yet. I felt like I really needed to keep playing. My dream was to make the National Team, and I thought maybe I could get there by going to play abroad.”

    Krieger’s great grandfather was German, and she was also drawn to the idea of reconnecting with her family roots. “I showed up in Germany with my two bags. I had no clue what I was getting myself into. I didn’t know the language, I didn’t have a place to live, I didn’t know the culture, I just jumped right into it,” says Krieger.

    The Germans were initially quiet and reserved. “Even though their English was really good, if they can’t speak it perfectly, they just won’t do it,” says Krieger. “I didn’t speak to some of my teammates for half a year.” She hated not being able to know their personalities so she started taking German classes three days a week, approaching the language with the same determination she exhibits on the field. “I didn’t think it was fair to just assume they’d speak English.”

    By the end of her time there, she had very much adjusted: “I got a tattoo of Liebe, which means Love in German – it represents my time there. Love for the country, the culture and my experience. It’s my second home.”


    Krieger means “warrior” in German and her teammates called her “The Warrior Princess.” Krieger explains the “princess” component, “Deep down, I’m really girly. I wear mascara every day; I put it on just to get the mail. I never leave the house without it – it’s like my war paint. I always have it on – especially for games.”

    The “Warrior” part of the nickname is also fitting for a player who has overcome the kind of setback Krieger faced her senior year of college. In her final year at Penn State, she broke her leg. Several plane flights during the College Cup led to blood clots in her leg that resulted in a pulmonary embolism and a series of mini heart-attacks.

    She described feeling unnaturally out of breath to her then-boyfriend, a pre-med student, who took her heart rate and insisted they go to the hospital. “I turned to him and said, ‘Am I going to live?’ And he couldn’t even answer me.”

    Doctors told her that if she would’ve fallen asleep that night, she probably wouldn’t have made it.

    For six months, they monitored her recovery. She gave herself shots every day and got her blood taken. Once the blood clots were gone, she slowly progressed back into the game.

    Krieger Newspaper Clipping



    Kid Krieger

    Krieger started playing soccer because of her brother Kyle, “I just wanted to do whatever he did. I wanted to hang out with him all the time and just be hardcore. We were best friends.” They’d play Manhunt, they’d make forts out in the woods, “You had to have a secret password; we wouldn’t even let the dog come in.”

    They’d also play “King of the Bed.” “My parents had a bed that was pretty high off the ground and my dad would try to throw us off. One side of the bed was the lava pit, one side was the shark tank, and one side was the cliff, ‘the briny deep.’ It was just like WrestleMania,” Krieger explains. “I remember laughing so much. My mom would wear hear thumps. She would yell up to stop, and we would look at each other, and say one, two, three and then yell, NOOO.”

    In spite of their close relationship, when Krieger experienced her health scares, she couldn’t locate her brother. Battling addiction, he was at a low. “He had hit rock bottom: waking up homeless, robbed in his car. “When he recovered, he told me, ‘I’m going to be a better brother,’” remembers Krieger. With Ali’s support, Kyle turned his life around and the two siblings are tighter than ever. “He’s my rock,” says Krieger. “He’s the one I turn to for everything.”

    Ali Krieger with Brother          

    Krieger sharing a laugh with her bro

    U.S. National Team: One of the USA’s best attacking defenders and a gritty ball-winner, before returning to the USA in 2013, she was the only U.S. regular playing her club soccer overseas.

     2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Champion... Named to the 2015 U.S. FIFA Women's World Cup roster, her second World Cup selection... Has appeared on the back line in 16 of the USA's 17 matches this year, starting 13... Strong defensive presence during the U.S.'s run to its 10th Algarve title...Appeared and started in three games during the Algarve Cup, including the 2-0 victory over France in the final... 2014: Had her busiest year with the National Team, appearing in 20 of the team’s 24 games while starting 18 and logging 1,596 minutes (third on the team for field players), both career highs … Doubled her career assist total by adding three, against Russia (2/8), Korea DPR (3/12) and Argentina (12/18) … 2013: Made her return to the U.S. team after fully recovering from knee surgery, playing 776 minutes in 10 matches while starting nine … Scored her first WNT goal, that coming on March 8 against China PR during a 5-0 win at the Algarve Cup in Portugal … 2012: Played in just one match at the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament before tearing her ACL in the 42nd minute against the Dominican Republic, which ruled her out for the year … 2011: Had a breakout year while seeing the most extensive action of her National Team career to date, starting all 16 games in which she played … Her 1,341 minutes played were sixth-best on the team … Made her first Women’s World Cup team and started all six games in her return to Germany, where she lived and played for the previous four years … One of four U.S. players to play every minute of the Women’s World Cup … Sealed her place in U.S. history by converting the fifth and final penalty kick in the dramatic shootout victory over Brazil in the quarterfinal … Had two assists during the year … 2010: Played in eight matches for the USA, starting four … Played all 180 minutes in two matches at the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament … 2009: Did not play in a game for the USA … 2008: Made her first roster and debuted in January at the Four Nations Tournament in China, starting and playing every minute of games against Canada and Finland … Her first start in a 4-0 win against Canada was also Pia Sundhage’s first match as head coach of the USA … First call-up came in January … Youth National Teams: Played for the U.S. U-21/U-23 Women’s National Team in 2006 and 2007 … First Appearance: Jan. 16, 2008, vs. Canada … First goal: March 8, 2013, vs. China PR


    Professional / Club – 2014: Started all 22 games in which she played for the NWSL’s Washington Spirit, compiling 1,935 minutes (second on the team) while playing several different positons, including center-back … Helped the team earn its first NWSL playoff berth with a fourth-place regular season finish … Scored one goal, on May 3 against Seattle … Named to the NWSL Best XI First-Team … 2013: Played 1,422 minutes in 18 matches, starting 16, and scored one goal … Named to the NWSL Second XI … 2012: Was allocated to the Washington Spirit for the inaugural season of the NWSL… Returned to Frankfurt and played six matches over three months before coming back to the USA to play in the NWSL …2010-11: Helped Frankfurt win the German Cup in 2011, a 2-1 victory against Turbine Potsdam in front of more than 20,000 fans in her last game for Frankfurt before returning to the USA for a brief period after four years abroad … Played in 11 games for Frankfurt, starting all of them, and scored one goal … 2009: She regained match fitness to play in 10 matches, starting nine, on loan with the Washington Freedom during the 2009 WPS season … 2008-09: Wasn’t able to play for most of the 2008-2009 season at Frankfurt due to a foot injury that kept her out for about nine months … 2008: Allocated to the Washington Freedom before the start-up of Women’s Professional Soccer in 2008, but due to her contract with Frankfurt, she was initially unavailable to the Freedom … 2007-08: She won “the treble” in 2008, winning a UEFA Women’s Championship, the Bundesliga title and the German Cup with Frankfurt … Scored her first goal in Germany on Feb. 24, 2008, vs. FCR Duisburg … Youth: Coached by her dad Ken Krieger on the Prince William Sparklers, for whom she played from age 7 to 19 … Eight players stayed with the team for that entire run, and almost every player went on to play NCAA Division I.