During her junior year of college, she broke her leg two days before the NCAA championship game. After she had surgery, she was breathing very hard and thought something was wrong. Then late one night, her boyfriend, a pre-med student, took her to the hospital. She went through many tests, and the doctors had her come back to the hospital immediately. They said that she was experiencing many blood clots in her leg and lungs, as well as experiencing mini heart attacks and pulmonary embolism. The doctors said if she had fallen asleep that night that she most likely would not have woken up.
After she graduated from college, there was no pro league in the U.S. so she went overseas to play for FFC Frankfurt in Germany. She left not knowing the German language and with only two bags of luggage. In 2008 and 2009, she did not play for about nine months due to a foot injury. Then, late in 2009, she returned to the U.S. to play 10 games for the Washington, D.C.-based team Freedom before the league folded. Afterwards, she went back to playing for FFC Frankfurt. Ali lived in Germany for six years before coming back to the U.S.
In 2011, she played in the The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Women’s World Cup. She got the U.S. team to the semi-finals after an amazing shot in a penalty kick shootout against Brazil. Later, they unfortunately lost to Japan in the finals of the World Cup. In the 2012 Olympic qualifiers, Ali tore two ligaments in her knee–her ACL and MCL–and was not able to play in the 2012 Olympic Games. Then in 2013 and 2015, she suffered concussions while playing for the Washington Spirit.
Ali had persevered through so much, and now things were starting to look much brighter for her future. On July 5, 2015, she was part of the U.S. team that won the World Cup and she won it on the same field that took her down with the injury in 2012. She started every game in the World Cup, playing for all of about 10 minutes.
In 2016, Ali became the oldest first-time Olympian in U.S. soccer history. She was also part of the U.S. team that won the 2016 She Believes Cup and then went on to lead the Washington Spirit, as their captain, to the finals.
Currently, Ali is playing for the Orlando Pride in the 2017 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season.
Ali has inspired me so much, by proving that you can achieve anything and that there is no speed bump in life that you cannot overcome. Anything is possible.
Central Middle School 6th grader Amanda Win has been inspired by U.S. Women’s National League Defender Ali Krieger who has shown that nothing is impossible.