Julie Ertz retires from soccer to prioritize her family

This Thursday (21), Julie Ertz played the final match of her career, representing the United States for the last time.

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In her final match, the team beat South Africa in a 3-0 game, and afterwards she said that this gave her “closure”.  She also made a speech after the game. “To any young girl out there who dreams to be here, it’s worth it. Every part of it.” said Ertz.

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In a video posted by the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team on Instagram this Wednesday (20), Ertz talked about her decision to retire. She revealed that her priorities have changed since she became a mother.

She made it clear that her decision it’s not about if she can or can’t compete at the highest level. “It’s not because mama can’t play, mama can play, she has just adapted her priorities and I think that just comes with age”. 

“I’m proud of my growth and I’m grateful that soccer allowed that. But I’m really excited for my next chapter and I’m grateful to have found something I love even more – and that’s being a mum.” said Ertz.

The midfielder took a break after the US won Olympic bronze in 2021, to give birth to her and NFL player Zach Ertz son Madden, in August 2022. She returned to professional soccer in April 2023, and signed with the National Women’s Soccer League’s Angel City FC. She also played for the U.S. in the World Cup. 

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