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What’s behind Ali Krieger’s phenomenal final NWSL season for NJ/NY Gotham

The longtime USWNT defender is finishing her career with a bang. Here’s how.

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Ali Krieger, an NWSL original and longtime United States women’s national team player, is in the midst of her final season as a professional athlete. Over the course of her storied career, Krieger won two FIFA Women’s World Cups (2015, 2019) and amassed over 100 appearances for the senior national team. In the pre-NWSL era, Krieger played overseas in Germany and was the first U.S. woman to win the UEFA Champions League. 

Not bad, right? Well, it gets even better.

Since the NWSL was founded in 2013, she’s logged minutes in every season on her way to becoming just the fourth player in NWSL history to play more than 15,000 minutes. Krieger played for the Washington Spirit and Orlando Pride before landing at NJ/NY Gotham FC in 2022. Now in her final season, Krieger is playing some of the best soccer of her career. She was named a finalist for the 2023 Defender of the Year, and recently led Gotham to their first-ever postseason win, too. 

How has Krieger been so successful in 2023, her last ever season? And is she the key to Gotham’s playoff hopes? Let’s dig in.

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