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Ali Krieger

Position: Defense
Hometown: Dumfries, VA
Age: 34 (07/28/1984)
Height: 5-6
College: Penn State University
Last Club: 1. FFC Frankfurt

Ali Krieger has been with the Spirit since the inaugural 2013 season. As of the end of the 2016 season, Krieger had made 66 appearances for the Spirit, fourth most of any player. Over the first four seasons, the Dumfries, VA native logged 5,609 minutes and scored four goals. For the U.S. Women’s National Team, Krieger converted the fifth and final penalty kick in the dramatic shootout victory over Brazil in the quarterfinals of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. She was an integral member of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion team, starting all seven games and playing all but 10 minutes of the tournament. Krieger picked up an assist in the Round of 16 match against Colombia. Krieger represented the United States at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.


United States National Team: 2016: A member of the 2016 United States Olympic team 2015: A member of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup championship team. In her second World Cup, she was part of the stellar back line that helped allow just three goals in the tournament and earned five consecutive shutouts in the middle of the tournament … She started all seven games and played all but 10 minutes of the tournament, picking up an assist in the Round of 16 match against Colombia …  Played 1,580 minutes over 22 matches this year (a career high in a calendar year), starting 18 …  Helped the USA win its 10th Algarve Cup title in Portugal … 2014: Had her busiest year with the National Team to date, appearing in 20 of the team’s 24 games while starting 18 and logging 1,596 minutes (third on the team for field players), both career highs … Doubled her career assist total by adding three, against Russia (2/8), Korea DPR (3/12) and Argentina (12/18) … 2013: Made her return to the U.S. team after fully recovering from knee surgery, playing 776 minutes in 10 matches while starting nine … Scored her first WNT goal, that coming on March 8 against China PR during a 5-0 win at the Algarve Cup in Portugal … 2012: Played in just one match at the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament before tearing her ACL in the 42nd minute against the Dominican Republic, which ruled her out for the year … 2011: Had a breakout year while seeing the most extensive action of her National Team career so far, starting all 16 games in which she played … Her 1,341 minutes played were sixth-best on the team … Made her first Women’s World Cup team and started all six games in her return to Germany, where she lived and played for the previous four years … One of four U.S. players to play every minute of the Women’s World Cup … Sealed her place in U.S. history by converting the fifth and final penalty kick in the dramatic shootout victory over Brazil in the quarterfinal … Had two assists during the year … 2010: Played in eight matches for the USA, starting four … Played all 180 minutes in two matches at the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament … 2008: Made her first roster and debuted in January at the Four Nations Tournament in China, starting and playing every minute of games against Canada and Finland … Her first start in a 4-0 win against Canada was also Pia Sundhage’s first match as head coach of the USA … First call-up came in January … Youth National Teams: Played for the U.S. U-21/U-23 Women’s National Team in 2006 and 2007 … First Appearance: Jan. 16, 2008, vs. Canada…First goal: March 8, 2013 vs. China PR

Professional: 2016: Played 15 games, 14 starts, during the regular season and all 120+ minutes of both post season matches… scored two goals, including the first goal in the semifinal which gave the Spirit the early lead…recorded an assist on one of Crystal Dunn’s goals in the NWSL Championship…voted Spirit Fan Favorite and Spirit Defender of the Year…named to NWSL Second Best XI 2015: Played 655 minutes in just eight matches, all starts, due to WNT commitments, but helped the Washington Spirit to a fourth place finish in the league and berth in the playoff semifinal … 2014: Started all 22 games in which she played for the Washington Spirit, compiling 1,935 minutes (second on the team) while playing several different positons, including center-back … Helped the team earn its first NWSL playoff berth with a fourth-place regular season finish … Scored one goal, on May 3 against Seattle … Named to the NWSL Best XI First-Team … 2013: Was allocated to the Washington Spirit for the inaugural season of the NWSL… Played 1,422 minutes in 18 matches, starting 16, and scored one goal … Named to the NWSL Second XI … 2012: Returned to Frankfurt and played six matches over three months before coming back to the USA to play in the first season NWSL … Was allocated to the Washington Spirit for the inaugural season of the NWSL … 2010-11: Helped Frankfurt win the German Cup in 2011, a 2-1 victory against Turbine Potsdam in front of more than 20,000 fans in her last game for Frankfurt before returning to the USA for a brief period after four years abroad … Played in 11 games for Frankfurt, starting all of them, and scored one goal … 2009: She regained match fitness to play in 10 matches, starting nine, on loan with the Washington Freedom during the 2009 WPS season … 2008-09: Wasn’t able to play for most of the 2008-2009 season at Frankfurt due to a foot injury that kept her out for about nine months … 2008: Allocated to the Washington Freedom before the start-up of Women’s Professional Soccer in 2008, but due to her contract with Frankfurt, she was initially unavailable to the Freedom … 2007-08: She won “the treble” in 2008, winning a UEFA Women’s Championship, the Bundesliga title and the German Cup with Frankfurt … Scored her first goal in Germany on Feb. 24, 2008, vs. FCR Duisburg.

College: Played at Penn State from 2003-2006, where she was a two-time All-American and a First-Team NSCAA All-American … Started every game she played for the Nittany Lions, totaling 87 career matches … Scored 11 goals with 19 assists during her college career …  Helped the Nittany Lions to four consecutive Big Ten titles. 2006: She was the Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2006 …. Started all 19 games for the Nittany Lions…Scored one goal and led the team in assists with five…2005: Started 20 games…Had a career-high seven goals as a junior…Tallied two assists…Broke her leg two days before the opening of the NCAA playoffs during her junior season in November of 2005 … 2004: Scored three goals, including one game winner, and notched three assists…2003: The Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2003 …  a career-high nine assists as a freshman.

High School/Youth: Attended Forest Park Senior High School in Woodbridge, Va. … The Virginia Gatorade Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year as a senior in 2003 … First-Team All-Metro as a junior and senior … Team captain as a junior and senior for the Bruins.Coached by her dad Ken Krieger on the Prince William Sparklers, for whom she played from age 7 to 19 … Eight players stayed with the team for that entire run, and almost every player went on to play NCAA Division I.