It’s normal for married couples to disagree, even newlyweds.
But instead of arguing over what to watch on Netflix, Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger might have to deal with the aftermath of an awkward back pass, or worse yet, an own goal.
But battling the world together in international soccer could only make a couple stronger, as the U.S. national team and current Orlando Pride teammates announced their engagement to PEOPLE magazine on Wednesday. Harris, the 33-year-old goalkeeper and a current member of the national team, proposed to defender Krieger, 33 and a former national teamer, on a beach in Clearwater, Florida, last September.
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The couple first met about 10 years ago while playing for the U.S. national team — Harris was a 2016 Olympic alternate, Krieger a 2016 Olympian — but kept their relationship a secret so as to “be professional” and not create a distraction for their other teammates.
Krieger posted photos of the happy couple and of the engagement ring on Instagram, saying, “She really rocks my boat.” A wedding later in the year is in the works.
But first, Harris is currently training with the U.S. in preparation for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Krieger played her 98th and final national team match in 2017. Harris and Krieger were teammates on the U.S. squad that won the 2015 Women’s World Cup, and Krieger was on the team that finished runner-up in 2011.
Todd Kortemeier is a sportswriter, editor and children’s book author from Minneapolis. He is a contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.