Football stars Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris talk motherhood – Connect FM | Local news radio

(NEW YORK) — Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris are enjoying their new roles as moms.

The dynamic duo have undoubtedly learned a lot in their footballing careers, having already reached the pinnacle, winning the FIFA Women’s World Cup twice with the United States women’s national team in 2015 and 2019. But they there’s always room to grow, and motherhood notably taught them even more classes on and off the pitch.

Krieger and Harris, who wed in December 2019, adopted their first child, a daughter named Sloane Phillips, last February.

“Our journey to becoming new moms and parents started when COVID hit. The Olympics have been postponed and it really took a lot of the layers off for Ali and me,” Harris told ABC News’ Good Morning America, saying it was a “no-brainer” decision for them to become parents. .

The couple registered with an adoption agency and, to their surprise, were matched with a baby girl within weeks.

“We ended up corresponding in about three weeks, so our lives changed very quickly and in very unexpected ways,” Harris recalled. “(The) adoption process is probably one of the most stressful experiences and dealing with COVID and isolation, it was a really tough time for us, but now having it and being able to say it is ours has been the greatest gift and we are just so lucky.”

Krieger and Harris say adopting Sloane opened their eyes to the nutritional needs of pregnant women. They are now paid spokespersons for Vitamin Angels, a charity that works to provide essential vitamins to underserved mothers and children at risk of malnutrition around the world.

“It really hit home for Ali and I, who adopted a baby who didn’t have access to these things, who was born very small and underweight, who didn’t have good nutrition,” Harris said. “Now we’re trying to reverse the clock to set her up for a successful life.”

Hearing Krieger and Harris talk about motherhood has enriched their lives immensely, and not just theirs.

“I think something that translated from motherhood to the football field for us, I can probably say for me, patience and a bit more strength,” Krieger said.

She and Harris signed with Gotham FC in December and are preparing for their first game with the club in New Jersey and New York on March 19.

“I think just having that patience and finding that joy for the game surprised me the most because I’m so happy at home, not just with Ash, my wife, but also as a family. with Sloane,” Krieger said.

Harris says welcoming Sloane into their lives helped ground her and put things into perspective.

“When I walk through the door, Sloane doesn’t care if I won a world championship, she just wants her mom,” Harris said. “I feel like it’s really taken a lot of the pressure off of me and my job and I appreciate it a lot more because when I go home I don’t think about a bad performance or that goal that I should have saved or if we won or lost, I just think about being the best version of myself, about being a good mom when I get home.

Harris and Krieger are determined to support Sloane no matter what life throws at them.

“I don’t think we want to tell her what to do or how to do anything, but we just want to set her up for success by just giving her the tools that we’ve learned through our experiences and ultimately support and love her unconditionally. “, Krieger said.

It’s not just Sloane they want to raise. Krieger and Harris are also doing their part to support the next generation of young girls and soccer stars, continuing to advocate for more fairness in sport.

Krieger said last month’s settlement between the U.S. women’s national team and the U.S. Soccer Federation was a step in the right direction.

“We’re going to keep fighting for more but I think it was a win and I think it’s great that even if we don’t see the benefits of it our young people will be able to dream big and enjoy their work. fierce as well,” she said. “It’s also a victory, as Megan Rapinoe had said, for all women, not just in our country but around the world and all women in all industries .”

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