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NWSL star Kealia Watt welcomes first baby with husband JJ Watt

Kealia Watt of the Chicago Red Stars is expecting her first child in October. (Jeremy Reper/Getty Images)

Chicago Red Stars forward Kealia Watt has welcomed a baby boy with husband JJ Watt, who plays defensive end for the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals.

The couple announced back in June that they were expecting their first child. They welcomed Koa James Watt to the world Sunday, they revealed Tuesday night via Instagram.

“Love and happiness have reached heights we never even knew existed,” the couple wrote in their Instagram post.

Watt, who led the Red Stars in scoring last season with five goals, missed the start of the 2022 season while recovering from an ACL tear she suffered during the 2021 NWSL semifinals. She remained out for the rest of the season after announcing her pregnancy.

The forward joins a long list of NWSL stars to become a member of the mom club this year. Both Allie Long and Julie Ertz announced pregnancies in April, and Crystal Dunn has made a complete comeback to the NWSL after giving birth in May.