Ali Krieger played in her final NWSL regular-season game Sunday for Gotham FC, and the retiring defender received love from across the women’s sports landscape.
Both Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird rocked “Ali Krieger Fan Club” T-shirts from separate sporting events – Rapinoe ahead of her own final NWSL regular-season game for OL Reign, and Bird from her courtside seat at the WNBA Finals.
All the cool kids are Ali Krieger fans. 😎Get yours NOW: https://t.co/kI1FTQ3j6s pic.twitter.com/Zx3SH3xfzJ— x - NJ/NY Gotham FC (@GothamFC) October 15, 2023
All the cool kids are Ali Krieger fans. 😎Get yours NOW: https://t.co/kI1FTQ3j6s pic.twitter.com/Zx3SH3xfzJ
Krieger saved her own game – and her club’s season – with a ball she cleared off the goal line. Her 30-yard recovery to make the play kept Kansas City from taking a 3-2 lead, and the match ended at 2-2, securing a crucial standings point.
Gotham FC is the No. 6 seed for the NWSL playoffs. They will face the North Carolina Courage at 7 p.m. ET Sunday in the quarterfinal round.
“I just wanted to give everything, and I felt like I did that,” Krieger said of Sunday’s match. “I’m just so proud of the complete performance. … My career’s not finished just yet, we have one more game to go and I’m really excited for what’s next.”
She also spoke on playing for Gotham FC the last two seasons, saying she has felt so “fulfilled and rewarded” in her time with the club.
“It’s been incredible the past two seasons. You’re playing with such great players, such incredible human beings,” she said. “We have each other’s back and we’re continuing that journey together. We said at the beginning of the year we wanted to be on that podium and lift that trophy. I know that the team, our mindset is right there, mentality is right there. The principles and everything, everyone’s bought into that. … We’re going in the right direction but obviously the job’s not done.”
Rapinoe, who played on the U.S. women’s national team with Krieger, also took to Instagram to applaud her former teammate.
“How to even put into words my dear, this incredible career you have had,” she wrote on Instagram stories. “There are far too many moments to start naming but your 100 caps, your World Cup final 2019. And mostly all the f–ks you have not given and ALLLLL the f–ks you did not give. I love you forever sweetie, you are truly one of a kind. An original, simply you Kriegy.
“Enjoy this beautiful day, soak it all the love that is coming your energy way. Lord knows you deserve it all.”