After narrowly missing out on gold in 2008 (alternate) and 2012 (injury), playing at this summer’s Olympics closed a curious hole on Ali Krieger’s international resume.
Her impressive CV now includes an Olympic appearance, a World Cup title and nearly 100 caps, but as complete as the resume is, Krieger believes it’s still unfinished.
"I want to play for a long time and I want to continue to play at the highest level,” said Krieger, who - at 32 years of age - became the oldest debutant Olympian in U.S. Soccer history last month. "My heart is still in it and I don’t see myself retiring any time soon.”
The Northern Virginia native started every U.S. match at both the 2011 and 2015 World Cups, but saw her role begin to diminish earlier this year. Kelley O’Hara took over the starting job at right back and Krieger played just 111 minutes at the Olympics - second fewest on the team ahead of only Megan Rapinoe, who was used sparingly upon return from an ACL injury.
“Obviously, I’m going to have some conversations [about] the future,” Krieger acknowledged this week. “But for me, on my side, I’m full go and I’m all in. I would love to play in another World Cup.”
Krieger will be 34 when the next World Cup kicks off in France in June of 2019.
“It's more motivation coming home from that Olympic games to just want to get back there,” she added. “We’re going to have to see how my body feels, but I feel fitter and stronger than ever right now."