Two soccer stars have got engaged and their love story is adorable.
Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris met while playing nearly a decade ago for the US national soccer team.
‘We became really close friends, and we just hung out, we clicked, and we had so much in common,’ Harris said, of when they met in 2010.
Meeting while playing for the US national soccer team
‘The rest has kind of been history,’ she continues. ‘Here we are nine years later, and we’re going to be getting married this year.’
The couple both play for Orlando Pride. Krieger is a defender, while Harris is a goalkeeper.
For Krieger, Harris’ ‘creativity and ambition’ first attracted her.
‘She makes me a better person. I think that I’m very quiet and reserved,’ she says.
‘Since being with Ash, I really feel like I’ve blossomed into the woman that I want to be, and she’s helped me become the woman I am.’
‘She’s helped me become the woman I am.’
Harris was attracted by Krieger’s independence, assertiveness, and her eyes.
‘It was her big, beautiful brown eyes,’ she says. ‘She has these unbelievable tiger eyes. I just felt like every time she was talking, I wasn’t even paying attention to what she was saying.’
Harris proposed as the two had a picnic by the rocks on Clearwater Beach on 15 September, a few days after their final game of the season.
As they took a selfie together of the sunset, Harris held up a ring to Krieger’s surprise.
‘It was just us and this beautiful scenery, and I was just like … she was making me laugh, she wanted me to take pictures, and here I am,’ Harris said.
‘This is what I’m gonna be doing the rest of my life. It just all froze and I was like, “this is it.” ‘
The two will be aiming for an end of the year wedding ceremony in Florida.