Name: Ali Krieger
Nicknames: Kriegs, “Warrior Princess”
USWNT Years: 2008- present
Club team: Washington Spirit
Ali Krieger currently plays on the USWNT and the Washington Spirit as a right back, though she has alternated between more defensive responsibilities and midfield positions throughout her career. She has played professionally for top clubs in Europe, including FFC Frankfurt and Tyresö FF. Krieger is a cornerstone of the Washington Spirit defense, and, along with Ashlyn Harris in the net, was a major factor in their late post-season run in 2014. She is consistent in her one-on-one defending and defensive positioning in the right back spot, a consistency that is sorely needed on the US squad, which historically has difficulty filling left and right back positions. While she is not as dynamic on the attack as other backs in the national player pool, she more than earns her starting spot through grit and defensive chops, and her right footed cross, when on, is lethal.
Ali Krieger is best known for:
scoring the final penalty vs. Brazil in the epic 2011 World Cup quarter finals, being fluent in German, being ridiculously attractive, having a ridiculously attractive and social media savvy brother (Kyle Krieger), missing out on the 2012 Olympics because of a horribly timed ACL tear, and consistently world class one-on-one defending.
Tear-jerker: On Krieger’s 28th birthday, she was forced to watch her US squad take on Colombia in the group round of the 2012 Olympics from her armchair because she had torn her ACL during qualifiers and couldn’t travel with the team. Though watching the game must have been painful, her teammates found a way to include her in their celebrations. When Megan Rapinoe scored a goal in the 32nd minute, she reached into her shin guard and pulled out a message to Krieger that read “Happy B-day Kreigy – we liebe you.”
Kriegs is often spotted hanging out with Ashlyn Harris, who plays keeper for the Washington Spirit and has recently won the #2 goalie spot behind Hope Solo on the USWNT. Fans love to speculate (and write their own fanfic stories) about their relationship. She is also very close with her brother, Kyle Krieger, who is quick to her defense on social media.
Women’s World Cup 2015
Although Krieger has been getting less playing time in recent matches, she is still a top contender for the starting right back position on the US Women’s National Team. If all goes well, this year has the potential to make up for missing out on the gold medal in the 2012 Olympics.