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Lynn Williams’ fiancé shares World Cup tribute: ‘Inspiring is who you are’

Lynn Williams played in her first World Cup. (Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

This summer, Lynn Williams realized a dream.

The 30-year-old forward made her World Cup debut on Aug. 1, in the U.S. women’s national team’s final game of the group stage, a 0-0 draw against Portugal. Lynn played again in the team’s penalty shootout loss against Sweden in the Round of 16.

Even with the USWNT’s early exit, the tournament was a big moment for Williams, and her fiancé Marley Biyendolo shared a tribute to her on Instagram.

“What a moment in your career,” Biyendolo wrote. “You’re an inspiration to so many, the lives you have touched in this journey thus far, immeasurable. Like… think about that? You should (have) seen the love these beautiful fans throughout each stadium had for you. It’s hard to even comprehend.”

Williams did not play in the team’s first two games, triggering something of a groundswell of support from fans eager to see her contribute. She recorded six shots – four on target – in her debut game against Portugal. She came on as a substitute against Sweden and had another three shots, with two on goal.

For now, Williams will turn her attention to the remainder of NJ/NY Gotham FC’s season, but her international career is likely far from over. Biyendolo, a former Pepperdine basketball player, will be among the many cheering her on.

“Inspiring is who you are, and it’s what you’ve continued to do on this world stage your whole career, with always, a smile on your face” he wrote. “Thank you for inspiring the thousands of little girls that hold a dream in their hearts, thank you for inspiring your family to love and work hard, and thank you for inspiring me.”