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USWNT’s Abby Dahlkemper Announces Engagement To MLS Player

By Chrös McDougall | Dec. 20, 2020, 12:57 p.m. (ET)

Abby Dahlkemper shares a joke during the USA Training Session at Lyon Training Center on July 1, 2019 in Lyon, France.


He is a forward; she plays defense. Could we make it any more obvious?

Apparently not, as U.S. women’s soccer team standout Abby Dahlkemper and MLS player Aaron Schoenfeld announced their engagement on Saturday night.

Dahlkemper, who started six of the U.S.’ seven games at center back en route to winning the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup title, shared the news in an Instagram post showing the happy couple on a beach showing off her new ring as the golden hour sun shines on them.

“Yes times a million,” she wrote.

The 27-year-old Dahlkemper has emerged as one of the USWNT’s key players since her national team debut in 2016. Never was that more true than at the 2019 World Cup, where the U.S. defended its championship while outscoring opponents 26-3.

Dahlkemper, who is from Menlo Park, California, plays professionally for the North Carolina Courage in the NWSL and was the league’s 2017 defender of the year.

A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Schoenfeld played four seasons for the Columbus Crew in MLS before moving to his ancestral home of Israel for four seasons with Maccabi Tel Aviv. In 2020 he returned stateside to play for Minnesota United, where the 6-foot-4 forward scored one goal in 14 games this season mostly coming off the bench.

The two soccer players met around the time Schoenfeld was leaving for Israel, according to a story in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, and he traveled to France to watch her in the World Cup.

“To see someone that you care and have so much love for really live their dream at the highest level of the dream, the pinnacle, to watch her win and everything she contributed to the national team in that month run was unbelievable,” Schoenfeld told the Pioneer Press. “I was just so proud of her.”

Chrös McDougall

Chrös McDougall has covered the Olympic and Paralympic movement for TeamUSA.org since 2009 on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc. He is based in Minneapolis-St. Paul.