Ali Krieger’s Long-Awaited Olympic Debut
The Washington Post takes a look at Ali Krieger ’07, who will make her Olympic debut for the United States women’s national soccer team on Wednesday night. While Krieger has been one of the USWNT’s top right backs for years, she missed out on going to 2012 Olympics – where she likely would have started – after tearing her right ACL and MCL during a qualifying match.
Four years later, Krieger is in Brazil as one of the fullbacks for the best women’s soccer team on the planet. She’s also making history: at 32, Krieger is the oldest first-time Olympian in the history of the national team.
Krieger, backup goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher ’10, and the rest of the American squad will try to become the first women’s soccer team to successfully defend a gold medal at the Olympics. Their quest for another gold will start at 6 p.m. EST tonight against New Zealand. You can watch the match on NBC Sports.
Bill DiFilippo, online editor