WNT May 1, 2012
The USA’s right back, who played so well at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in her adopted home country, returned to Germany soon after her ACL surgery and has been doing her rehabilitation at the R2 ComSport in Frankfurt, which works with numerous professional soccer players. Krieger reports that her full-time job is now rehab and that she is working extremely hard in her quest to return to the field. Krieger says she is pushing herself but also being careful to be smart about her comeback, and she recently made major strides (no pun intended) when she began running this week. Every journey begins with a step, then a jog, then a hard run, then a sprint! Right?
She is supporting her club teammates at Frankfurt, who have qualified for the UEFA Women’s Champions League Final against Lyon of France, and she’s eager for the day she gets to put on the U.S. uniform again. Ali is about 13 weeks removed from surgery and is feeling stronger and stronger every day but of course has much more work to do before she returns to competition with FFC Frankfurt and the USA.
Said Krieger from Frankfurt:"It has been without question a tough journey so far and I still have a ways to go before my comeback, but I'm setting small goals each day to achieve and progress. This has not only been a physically tiring process but mentally draining as well. I’m going to rehab for about 6 to 7 hours a day, six days a week, and also attending my club team games as a supporter. I'm trying to do my part by being a vocal leader and staying positive. My teammates both with FFC Frankfurt and the U.S. National Team along with the staff, management and most importantly the fans have all showed me overwhelming support and have given me a drive to want to get back stronger than ever. This amazing support and motivation is what keeps me going day in and day out. I couldn't be happier with my progress and I can only hope to stay on this path of success. I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout this amazing learning experience. I can't wait to put on the U.S. jersey again and represent our country. I know for certain that that will be a special day!"