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.”