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USWNT will honor retired defender Ali Krieger at Dec. 5 game

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Ali Krieger wears the captain's armband during her final Gotham FC home game on Oct. 15. (Ira L. Black/Getty Images)

The U.S. women’s national team will honor Ali Krieger before its final match of 2023.

A two-time World Cup champion with the USWNT, Krieger won the 2023 NWSL title with Gotham FC in her final professional season. The 39-year-old defender served as the captain for Gotham en route to the franchise’s first championship.

“I’ve dreamt of this for so long,” Krieger said after the NWSL final on Nov. 11. “To play club soccer in my own country and to win it in front of 25,000 people, and it’s only going to get better and better. This is just the beginning.”

The USWNT will honor Krieger for her storied career ahead of its Dec. 5 match against China, which is set to kick off at 8 p.m. ET in Frisco, Texas. Krieger appeared in 108 matches for the USWNT, including at the World Cup in 2011, 2015 and 2019.

“Playing for the national team was a very special part of my career, and those experiences helped shape me as a professional,” Krieger said in a news release. “I’m honored that I get to say goodbye to the women’s national team and our amazing fans one last time and watch all the talented players who are continuing to carry the torch for this program.”