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The American soccer social event of the decade took place literally at the end of the decade.
On Dec. 28, 2019, two-time Women’s World Cup winners Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger—two of the most popular players among U.S. women’s national team fans—were married in a ceremony at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens in Miami in front of 140 guests, including a who’s who of past and present soccer stars. And while the newlyweds had to go straight from their wedding into an important national team camp ahead of the Olympic qualifying tournament later this month, the juxtaposition of family and national team made perfect sense.
The officiant was Orlando Pride forward Sydney Leroux (whose son, Cassius, has Krieger and Harris as godparents), and Megan Rapinoe (Harris’s best friend) was a maid of honor.
“We spend more time together with this team than we do our family,” Harris said from camp in an interview with SI.com. “Megan and Sydney have been there from the start. We’ve grown up through all of our phases, romantically and professionally and personally. These women have been by our side through all of it.”
Krieger added: “From the youngest player on the team to the oldest, we care about each other. That creates a sense of safety and being comfortable that you can’t really put into words. The chemistry that we have off the field is applied on the field, and you can see that. Everything is real, and it’s true and it’s honest and it’s raw. And we’ve created that culture from day one.”
Their actual families were there, too, of course. Ali’s brother, Kyle, was the best man, and in his toast he sounded a note of support for the gay community and self-expression that pervaded an evening featuring a rainbow wedding cake and dinner tables named after LGBTQ leaders like Marsha P. Johnson, an activist involved in the Stonewall uprising—the 50th anniversary of which took place on the day the U.S. beat France in last year’s World Cup quarterfinals.
“Since you went public with your relationship , it has been a gift to watch you grow together,” he said to Krieger and Harris. “It’s amazing, because you guys are like a beacon of light for all young queer LGBTQ women and men who just need someone to look up to, like we get happy endings too. In the media and the movies, so often … you know, queer stories have a devastating ending, but not here. In real life, we get to see you guys live the dream.”
Another guest who made it was the Kriegers’ father, Ken. In August, he had been involved in a serious car accident driving home from Ali’s NWSL game at Audi Field in Washington, D.C., which put him in an ICU at the hospital.
“He hit a tree head-on,” Ali said. “If he didn’t have a seatbelt on, he wouldn’t have made it. We’re so thankful that he did, and we actually had the first dance together. He threw his cane to the side and just demolished the dance floor. Ashlyn and I were so happy that he could be a part of it.”
Krieger and Harris met for the first time at a USWNT camp in 2010. They were friends at first, they said, but there was most definitely an attraction that continued building over time.
“When we first met,” said Krieger, “it was just her confidence and her comfort in being herself that were just captivating. I found myself wanting to just hang out with her all the time and be around her. We built this friendship as a foundation, and it evolved into a relationship. She had this badass attitude and was just herself. I think I was more myself when I hung out with her, and that’s when I knew she would become someone important in my life.”
Harris added, of those early days: “We would sit and have really long conversations and talk about our hopes and dreams and what we wanted to accomplish. We were just so infatuated with each other, and all of our goals aligned. I just felt like it was so effortless, like we just clicked on such a cool level both emotionally and physically. Some of the best memories I have are sitting for hours and hours getting to know her. It was definitely for me like a love-at-first-sight type of thing.”
For years, Harris and Krieger kept their relationship quiet publicly, thinking it could limit their endorsement deals. But Krieger recalls having a conversation with Rapinoe about going public on a group vacation that included Rapinoe and her girlfriend, basketball star Sue Bird.
“You know, it’s fine to be private and not put yourselves out there, we totally get it,” Krieger said Rapinoe told them. “But if you guys do, then you would be helping so many young people who are struggling with feeling the same way, and making sure that they’re comfortable in their own skin and being their authentic selves. It would be so powerful if you guys announced that you are together.”
Last March, they announced their engagement in a photo shoot with People. The positive response has been enormous.
“We’ve gotten messages from a lot of adults who are like, ‘I’m 40 years old and this is the first time I feel so calm and comfortable in coming out and being myself after watching your guys’ wedding,’” Krieger said. “We didn’t think it was going to be such a big thing. And it’s turned out so positive and inspiring for us. We’ve grown through this process and really enjoyed helping people along the way.”
You can hear her smile on the other end of the phone. “Pinoe was right.”
One thing you never have to worry about with Ashlyn Harris is her not being herself. Last week you could catch her on social media cavorting in her USWNT camp hotel room in a full Spiderman costume, a get-up she purchased in advance of an upcoming birthday party for one of their godsons. Harris’s uncensored Instagram stories following the team’s World Cup celebrations from the postgame locker room to the flight to New York to more parties in Los Angeles have become the stuff of legend.
“You know what it is?” Harris said. “I finally just started living my truth and just not caring what people thought of me. And I’m just, like, not censored, and I’ve been so censored through everything. And now I just have the freedom of people loving me for me, and so I give people what they want.”
She laughed. “But in all seriousness, so many people played such an important factor in us winning. And it was a moment where I was like, No one gets to see what goes on in that locker room, and the pure joy and excitement, and I wanted to bring everyone along. And holy smokes, I had no idea the amount of people that were just floored by the footage. It was so funny, but it’s hard to describe in five days what we go through when we win a World Cup. It’s the most insane five days of our lives, and I wanted to make sure I documented it. And hopefully I’ll be on this next journey , and I will be bringing my A-game.”
So far, their wedding event was their biggest foray into the fashion world. But it’s hardly their only one. Last year both Harris and Krieger signed with the prestigious Elite modeling agency in New York, and that has opened an entirely new sphere for them. (Harris says to look out for an exciting new campaign soon.)
“I love fashion,” Harris said. “I love self-expression. But I find that the fashion industry just really doesn’t take female athletes seriously. I find that they think we’re not into what we look like, we’re not into self-care and wearing makeup and hair products and, you know, really taking care of the small details that matter. And I love that Ali and I have had a lot of meetings with different brands and companies saying, like, that’s false. That is just a stereotype that doesn’t exist. There’s a lot of great qualities in these women, and we can be a part of the fashion industry if you make space for us.”
Both Harris and Krieger spent time in New York determining their wedding attire. Harris made several trips meeting with Thom Browne to produce a custom tuxedo that included three different looks for the wedding, with long pants, shorts, a vest and a cutoff shirt. Kreiger, for her part, took a weekend trip to Gotham with her best friend and maid of honor, Elizabeth Mumley, was stunned that she found her dress—a white Pronovias long-sleeved dress with a V in the back—in the first store they visited.
At the wedding, which had tables named for LGBTQ community icons such as Billie Jean King and Ellen Degeneres, they read their own vows to each other without having shared them with each other before the moment itself.
“I think it’s important to continue to make sure that people know that we aren’t completing each other,” Krieger said of those vows. “We’re just complementing each other in our lives. We still want each other to be ourselves and thrive. And how can I help Ash continue to be her badass self? And how can she continue to help me blossom into the woman that I really want to become? It was kind of like, I’m going to promise this for you and obviously stand by your side through everything.”
Krieger and Harris are hoping to take a long honeymoon at some point. The Maldives, Bali and Bora Bora are places they have discussed visiting, Harris said. For now, though, it is all about this summer’s Olympics. They’re both hoping to make the 20-player roster for the Olympic qualifying tournament that begins later this month, knowing it’s a smaller number than the 23-player roster that went to the World Cup.
“We’ve been in double-days building up to the wedding,” Harris said, “and after the wedding we were back on the field by Monday. Our priority has always been this team and to build something incredible. And that’s to not only be able to win a World Cup, but an Olympics right after it. We know what’s at stake right now, and we need to be the best version of ourselves coming into camp.”
From a soccer perspective, 2019 couldn’t have gone much better for Krieger. After being left out of the national team for two years, she got called up again before the World Cup, made the roster for France and even played the second half of the final against the Netherlands.
“Honestly, I couldn’t have written this story, and I definitely wouldn’t have believed it if someone had told me ahead of time,” she said. “So I’m incredibly grateful and just feel so rewarded. I’m happy Jill called me and that I had this incredible experience with the girls. But I wouldn’t be here without Ash. She went out with me every single day to train. She dragged me out no matter how sad or tired I was. And we did it.
“So I don’t know if we can top 2019, but we’re going to try.”
Score! Soccer stars Ashlyn Harris, wife Ali Krieger featured in Super Bowl commercial
Jennifer Sangalang and Hillard Grossman Florida Today Published 3:39 PM EST Jan 29, 2020
Sports Illustrated magazine cover? Check.
Wheaties box? Check.
Super Bowl commercial? Check.
Orlando Pride soccer star Ashlyn Harris, who graduated from Satellite High School, scored a trifecta in sports pop culture.
Harris and her new bride, teammate Ali Krieger, will make their Super Bowl commercial debut this weekend. The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup champions and newlyweds — they tied the knot in December in Miami — appear in a Budweiser commercial about “typical Americans.”
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The minutelong ad features a montage of a doctor and Army reservist, a marathon runner, firefighter, and nonprofit founder as well as celebration shots of athletes popping adult beverages.
Harris, sporting yellow, has three short scenes in the Super Bowl commercial:
• in the locker room with the FIFA World Cup women’s soccer team, Team USA, with victory cheers
• sitting on the ground with the rest of Team USA
• with Krieger toasting their win with — what else? — a Budweiser beer
The inspirational commercial begins with a voiceover, “They call us typical Americans. Maybe because we live typical American lives.” Scenes follow of a firefighter, people helping other people and hugs. “Next time someone labels you typical, show them what typical can do,” the commercial states.
Watch the commercial in the video above.
Days before the commercial’s web release, Budweiser posted a teaser video that has more screen time with Harris, goalkeeper, and Krieger, U.S. women’s national soccer team defender.
That ad begins with a message, “The following people have something very unique in common,” before showing a montage of the doctor and Army reservist, the marathon runner, firefighter, and nonprofit founder. Like the Super Bowl commercial, the teaser had inspirational movie music, looks of wonder, stunned silence, smiles, and mega cheers at the end.
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The teaser captures Krieger and Harris’ reaction to the Super Bowl commercial: “So good. It’s so powerful,” Harris says. In the teaser, Krieger adds, “That gives me chills.” Budweiser tweeted: “America, look beyond the labels. You might be surprised by what you find. Watch Budweiser’s #SuperBowlLIV commercial now. #ThisBudsForYou”
Surf legend Kelly Slater, who grew up in Cocoa Beach, was featured in a Michelob Ultra Super Bowl commercial in 2018.
The Super Bowl commercial is yet another goal for the Satellite High grad.
In December, People magazine exclusively covered Harris and Krieger’s nuptials.
In August, Wheaties released its “Breakfast of Champions” cover with Harris and her World Cup champion Team USA teammates. The soccer star was pictured in the back row, in a yellow goalkeeper jersey, her right index finger proudly pointing skyward.
The limited-edition cereal box, featuring the four-time world champion U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, sold for $23, in regard to the 23 women who were part of this record-breaking team. Only 10,000 boxes were available.
Harris becomes the second Brevard County resident to grace the cover of the famed orange cereal box, joining former quarterback Doug Flutie, whose Boston College heroics earned him a special place in the grocery aisles back in 2006, when a “legendary” edition was issued.
Harris previously appeared on a limited Sports Illustrated cover after Team USA’s 2015 World Cup win.
Published 3:39 PM EST Jan 29, 2020
What Ali Krieger Eats on Game Day
ESPN The Magazine
We’ve been so psyched to see the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team take to the pitch at the FIFA Women’s World Cup this month-and they’ve got a match tonight against China in the quarter finals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. One big question we’ve had while watching the team rack up wins: What do the players need to eat in order to keep up with such an intense training schedule? So we asked, and they dished. Here, defender Ali Krieger shares her go-to smoothie recipe, her favorite splurge foods, and why you shouldn’t follow every piece of diet advice you hear. (PS: Have you seen her yet in ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue?! Wowza!) Check back for more interviews with some of our favorite players to find out how what they eat in order to kick major butt on the field!
Shape: What’s your go-to meal before a game?
Ali Krieger (AK): I’m the type of player that doesn’t like to play on full stomach. I just eat smaller things: an omelet or two fried eggs with pancakes. I stay away from a lot of bread, but pancakes make me feel lighter during a game for some reason. The night before a game, I do pasta and chicken-I do need carbs in order to fuel my body to play. I love fish like salmon along with some type of sweet potato or spinach too.
Shape: What’s your favorite “splurge” food?
AK: I love cookies-especially chocolate chip and peanut butter chocolate chip. It’s terrible, but I love cupcakes and peanut butter pretzels-the ones you can buy in Costco or at Whole Foods.
Shape: What’s one nutrition rule you always stick to?
AK: It’s a part of my lifestyle to be healthy and eat healthy. I don’t feel like I need to be like, ‘You can’t have this. You can’t have that. You have to have this. You have to have that,’ because then I feel like I will get inconsistent. I indulge when I want to, but try to be healthy every single day too. When I start preventing myself from having foods or setting rules, I know I’m going to get off track. I know what my body needs to perform at it’s best and with the most energy and strength. (Wondering how Krieger’s teammate Kelley O’Hara Stays Fueled on the Field?)
Shape: Do you have a specific or quirky meal “routines” you always stick to though?
AK: I usually have three fried eggs every morning. It always has to be three: two is just not enough and three won’t put me over edge.
Shape: If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would be it?
AK: Mango is my favorite. Any kind: dried mango, sliced up mango-however it’s served, I’ll eat it. I go to Trader Joe’s and get their dried mangos-there’s barely any sugar added. I put it in almost everything, especially fruit salad.
Shape: So I assume mangos are probably a big staple in smoothies, if you make them?
AK: I usually make a green smoothie with mango, yes! The recipe is half spinach, half kale-about a handful of each-then I add mango, blueberries, a little bit of apple juice or OJ, pineapple, kiwi, and sometimes strawberries, half of a banana, and chia seeds or flax seeds.
Shape: When you can’t make food at home, what snack do you always keep on you?
AK: I’ll travel with mixed nuts. My brother got me onto goji berries, little raspberry flavored ones. Peanut butter pretzels and dried mango are other staples, but I try not to have too much on me, so I’m not just snacking all the time!
Shape: Do you have any diet advice that you would give to others?
AK: Something I have learned is do what is best for you. Try not to completely change your diet just because you read it somewhere or someone tells you it works for them. Do what is best for your body and don’t think that just because everyone else is doing it that it will work for you. Know what fuels your body to be at its best and enjoy the little things! Indulge! Cupcakes and cookies.
- By Cassie Shortsleeve
Ali Krieger will be in the ESPN The Magazine Body Issue
If the USWNT wanted more publicity before their match last Friday against China, they got it in spades from defender Ali Krieger, who will be featured in ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue next month.
Krieger, who received her 70th cap during the US’s 2-0 victory over Colombia, will be featured in the issue, which comes out the day after the World Cup final, July 6th.
In the issue, Krieger explained why she decided to pose.
“It’s important to show your vulnerabilities. I’m proud of my body, I’m proud of my sport, I’m proud of being a female athlete. Being naked is just another aspect of that. It’s real. It’s raw. It’s honest,” she said.
Unlike the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, which predominantly features female models, the ESPN Body Issue really does just show different forms of the athletic body from male and female athletes.
So, it’s not just an exploitation of the female form, it’s tastefully done pictures of athletes in various forms of undress.
People can argue whether or not it is a good idea to do this, but Krieger isn’t hurting anyone and the pictures won’t be release until after the World Cup is over.
Plus, she isn’t the first USWNT to pose nude for the body issue either. Hope Solo did it in 2011, Megan Rapinoe last year, and Abby Wambach did it in 2012.
It wasn’t it big deal then when those ladies did it, and it should not be a big deal now. As long as it doesn’t interfere with work on the soccer field, I doubt anyone will care.
Lose a game, well, then people might start to question, luckily for Krieger, that hasn’t happened yet.
Ali Krieger is currently anchoring the defense for the United States women’s national team in a quest for their first World Cup in 16 years. The 30-year-old right back earned her 70th cap with the national team on Monday, during a 2-0 win against Colombia in the Round of 16. If all goes to plan, Krieger and the U.S. will be in the World Cup final July 5 and on July 6, she’ll make her first appearance in ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue.
In an interview with Morty Ain, Krieger discusses her decision to appear in the issue, scoring a game-winning penalty kick in the 2011 World Cup, the devastating injury that cost her a spot on the Olympic team, and her dreams post soccer.
“It’s important to show your vulnerabilities. I’m proud of my body, I’m proud of my sport, I’m proud of being a female athlete. Being naked is just another aspect of that. It’s real. It’s raw. It’s honest.
People ask me, “What were you thinking during that game-winning penalty kick in the 2011 World Cup?” I was actually thinking absolutely nothing. I just walked up there and was so inspired by my teammates who rocked all their PKs; they just killed it.
Even just thinking about it now gets me pretty upset. I was doing so well during the World Cup in 2011 and I was so pumped about the Olympics, and then I had my knee injury. To have those dreams crushed by some girl who makes one bad tackle was pretty upsetting.
I want to have a big family. That’s something I’ve always dreamed of. We have a lot of mothers on our team, like four or five. It’s inspiring to see and just proves that you have to have the patience and the skill to balance that lifestyle, which I’m willing to do.”
(Williams + Hirakawa/ESPN)
The Body Issue will be released online July 6 and on newsstands July 10.
On Monday, ESPN The Magazine will release their annual Body Issue. And while it probably won’t make the same kind of splash—or rather, the same kind of CANNONBALL—that last year’s Body Issue featuring Prince Fielder on the cover did, it does look like it’s going to raise plenty of eyebrows.
ESPN The Mag has released photos of three of the athletes in the issue, and they’re all—as you’d expect—really, really naked in their shots. First up is Bryce Harper, who appears on the cover of this year’s Body Issue (photo above). He looks like this inside of the issue:
And he spoke with ESPN The Mag about being on the cover:
Next up is U.S. women’s soccer player Ali Krieger. She looks like this in the issue:
And she also spoke with ESPN The Mag:
And last (but definitely not least!) is gymnast Aly Raisman:
She spoke with ESPN The Mag about how she routinely works out for seven hours per day, which is why her body is in such great shape:
The rest of the Body Issue photos/videos are set to drop early next week. Stay tuned.
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