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Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris Fight For Future of Professional Women’s Soccer | The Players’ Tribune

November 7, 2019

– Everyone thinks it’s like
rainbows and butterflies and bells and whistles and,
“Look at all this glam,” and, you know, it’s so
luxurious. “They’re on a charter and they’re doing this and
that, and they’re in a parade, and going to the ESPYs.” And it’s like…. – I flew back in a middle seat… – Yeah. – … from the ESPYs. – And it’s like…. That’s not real life.
– That’s our reality. – That’s not real life. Real life is waking up and
showing up for our team…. – Yep.
– … and putting in the work in order to have, you know,
a possible first-class seat every so often.
– Yeah. – We have been living a fairy tale, but that’s definitely not reality. – Reality is trying to
get people in the seats. – Mm-hmm. – The reality is when we
play with the national team we play in front of 60,000 people, and when we play in the NWSL
we play in front of 3,000 on a good day. You know, when you think
about woman’s soccer you only think about it on
the international stage, which is a problem. When you think of men’s soccer,
you think of the Liverpools and the Chelseas and all
these great club teams. So I just think for us to continue to grow we have to build a massive
culture around these club teams that are in our backyard,
because it’s important to create the visibility. It’s important to, you
know, have young girls see women in powerful positions
doing incredible things. I didn’t get that as a child. I mean, I was forced to
watch what was on TV, and that was wrestling and WWE.
And Hulk Hogan was the man, and Shaquille O’Neal. And those people didn’t look like me, you know? And it was … I didn’t
have heroes in my sport. We need people like us. It just would be a shame
to not have this around for my kids – to have
this type of visibility, to have such incredible, impactful women that they can look up to,
besides the Serena Williams and, you know, your really
top, top level female athletes. – I enjoy kind of breaking barriers and really having this feeling,
or sense of responsibility, to be a little bit more visible. It just, I think, has
changed our lives forever, and I just hope that
the younger generation can still have that opportunity. But the reality is a grind.
– Yeah, it’s a total grind. The reality is, we gotta
keep fighting to put people in the seats. And I really don’t
know why it’s so difficult, because we deliver time
after time after time. Women’s soccer in this
country, the foundation is built on winning. Everything we do is about winning. And we’re not gonna take no, you know? We’re not gonna … we’re
gonna kick and scream until every single person
hears us and sees us and wants to create change with us.


  • Reply Tony Williams October 5, 2019 at 11:47 am

    Are all female athletes lesbians??? Asking for a friend?? Gross.

  • Reply Zurina Farah flores October 5, 2019 at 12:03 pm


  • Reply KP October 5, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    This is a great video . I hope people are listening

  • Reply Tommy Walker October 5, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    Shut up. Y'all make no money because we ain't interested in watching

  • Reply Lacy Coleman October 5, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    I feel them, but there are powerful women and men all around. For some reason purple are just focused on woman and men in sports. It’s way more to life then sports. It is messed up about the attention females sports receives though. I just wish we get out of this mode to think being a celeb and on tv and making a lot of money means your successful.

  • Reply Tommy Walker October 5, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    All this victim mentality crap is just so lame

  • Reply Julie Chryst October 5, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    The reality they’re talking about is the same everywhere. I am glad they are telling the truth about how hard it is and how unflattering it is to be a successful athlete.

  • Reply SMITH SMITH October 5, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    I thought they were going to kiss each other 🙁

  • Reply Rhythm825 October 5, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    These cunts need to shut the fuck up. The "culture" they're trying to build isn't going to happen.

    Women are less athletic than men. Period, end of story. It's not entertaining to watch.

    The only reason the WNBA exists is because the NBA funds them. The WNBA loses money every single year. "Loses" isn't even the right word. They straight up hemorrhage money.

    I'm so sorry these two chicks are all butthurt about it, but maybe they need to be honest with themselves. We only care about soccer once every 4 years. Well I suppose we care more often than that, but it's only when Hope "Beefcurtains" Solo shows her blown out vag or gets arrested again for abusing her boyfriend.

  • Reply Vick Patel October 5, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    Get people in the seats get your 💰, easy as that.

  • Reply Cezar Brito October 5, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    You play a sport for a living. Ssssssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  • Reply Linda Baumgartner October 5, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    I wish Pittsburgh would get a NWSL team. You both are great players along with many others!!!! If I was younger I think I would have played but there were no opportunities just in PE.

  • Reply Rosie birrell October 5, 2019 at 10:56 pm

    Once again comments filled with men who are clearly sexist , hateful assholes. Why come on here if u don't like them .

  • Reply Linda Baumgartner October 5, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    Oh by the way, congrats Ali on your 100 CAP!

  • Reply Carmen Arce Martinez October 6, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    Hi from Spain.
    I was a pioner back in 1071, I played as a goalkeper as Ashyn, we played for 5 years and then
    It got to an end point.
    Now to see how women ‘s soccer growing and to see Young girls playing and being proud
    It is a profound feeling.
    To see the standing aplouse for the best womens team, made me cry. That moment was for you and
    For all the ones that Worked Hard and were not so lucky.
    You are totally right we Need to go to see the local teams,.
    I am a Hug fan of you both. I Wish you come to play in Portugal and have the chance to see you.

  • Reply P. Parker October 6, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    The way they look at each other 😍

  • Reply Чинтогтох Бадмаадорж October 7, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    Amazing ability beautiful players Ali and Ash

  • Reply Missy M October 7, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    Everyone needs to hear what they are saying! This is the sad reality of women’s soccer. People need to start putting filling the seats at these nwsl games. I am a Orlando Pride fan and I drive 2 1/2 to 3 hours each way to see the nwsl play in NJ. Whether or not sky blue is playing Orlando. It’s important to support all of these women!

  • Reply mariana damaso October 7, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    In Portugal we have 500………on a good day. But this month we have a big game between the two biggest teams in the country and their hopping to beat the record of 15000 in the game

  • Reply Leigh Malcolmson October 8, 2019 at 3:47 am

    I love them so much

  • Reply irina Galletta October 8, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    I agree

  • Reply Brianna October 8, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    I love my Chicago Red Stars. I will support them every season 😊

  • Reply White Wolf October 8, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    Im begining to hate the mentality around womens sports. It's like no one wants their sports league, all sports included, to prosper.

  • Reply French Bulldog 1 October 8, 2019 at 7:38 pm


  • Reply Paul Mcdonough October 8, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    never mind Liverpool I am a Everton fan from Liverpool

  • Reply Squid Squid October 9, 2019 at 12:14 am

    Ashlyn, trust me. The women are better at soccer than men. Your games are so much more entertaining and you ACTUALLY play. You guys can actually play soccer. Men created it but,

    women perfected it.

  • Reply Hannah_10_11 xD October 9, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    You‘re awesome. I Love you greetings from germany ❤️🙏🏻

  • Reply rhoneguy garrison October 9, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    Wonderful to see women athletes be smart as well as physically talented. Great couple.

  • Reply John Summers October 10, 2019 at 6:42 am

    If my city had a NWSL team I'd go to the games. I watch them WHEN they're on tv. I try to watch the live streams but Yahoo! is terrible. The streams are so laggy it's infuriating.

  • Reply maxell 21 October 11, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    son una inspiracion , y su cosecha esta dando frutos , y ya tienen su legado en el futbol femenino. 100% de apoyo.

  • Reply Vanessa Carvalho October 13, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    Womans' soccer is the best of World…my support, respect and admiration for you!!

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