Ali Krieger discusses trade on social media

The Equalizer Staff November 3, 2016 75
Ali Krieger is heading to the Orlando Pride following a trade with the Washington Spirit. (photo copyright EriMac Photo for The Equalizer)

Ali Krieger is heading to the Orlando Pride following a trade with the Washington Spirit. (photo copyright EriMac Photo for The Equalizer)

Ali Krieger on Thursday posted to her social media accounts that the Washington Spirit’s decision to trade her to the Orlando Pride “comes as a surprise,” but she “remain[s] grateful for the opportunity to play professional soccer in my hometown for the past four years.”

Krieger, in a trade announced Wednesday, was sent to Orlando in return for only a higher ranking in the still ambiguous NWSL distribution ranking order.

On Thursday, she issued a statement on her personal site – which almost instantly crashed from a traffic overload – and on her Instagram account, thanking the fans, her teammates and the Spirit organization.

“Ever since I was a little girl, I have dreamed of playing professional football for my city and my hometown in front of my friends and family, and possibly retiring in Washington, D.C.,” she wrote. “I have always wanted to grow the game and ultimately bring a Championship to the city that I call home. Despite falling short of that goal, I gave this city and club everything and I have no regrets.”

The trade comes amid rumors of unrest within the Spirit team following a series of events, including owner Bill Lynch’s decision to play the national anthem without teams on the field on Sept. 7 in order to deny Megan Rapinoe the opportunity to kneel during it. Spirit players issued a statement later that week publicly disagreeing with Lynch’s decision, a stance reportedly organized by Krieger.

Ever since I was a little girl, I have dreamed of playing professional football for my city and my hometown in front of my friends and family, and possibly retiring in Washington, D.C. I have always wanted to grow the game and ultimately bring a Championship to the city that I call home. Despite falling short of that goal, I gave this city and club everything and I have no regrets. Although the Washington Spirit’s decision to trade me comes as a surprise, I remain very grateful for the opportunity to play professional soccer in my hometown for the past four years, and I want to thank the Washington Spirit organization for that chance. I do think change can be a good thing, especially at this point in my football career. Being too consistent and comfortable in a certain space can be detrimental to personal growth so I must embrace this next opportunity. To all of my wonderful fans, I truly appreciate your continuous love and support in following my football career. Specifically to the Washington Spirit fans, especially the Spirit Squadron — Thank You! I will always hold a special place in my heart for each of you and please keep crushing the game! I sincerely appreciate the efforts of the Washington Spirit staff and volunteers who put in countless hours to support the team. Thank you to each of my coaches during my time in Washington. I wish you all the best and carry your lessons with me. Most importantly, I want to thank all of the teammates I had during my time here. You are all incredible women and deserve nothing but the best. Thank you to this year’s team for an unforgettable winning season and an undeniable team chemistry that I will cherish forever. I will miss you all tremendously, and I respect each and every one of you! #BOAB #AnklesWoke Finally, to the DMV, this is not the end. I will stay very engaged in the DC soccer community to continue to grow the beautiful game in my hometown. I’m very excited for my new journey! Ali

A photo posted by Ali Krieger (@akrieger11) on

Washington advanced to the NWSL Championship in October, losing to the Western New York Flash in a penalty-kick shootout after allowing a 124th-minute equalizer in extra time.

Krieger played for the Spirit for the first four seasons of the NWSL’s existence. She also previously played for the Washington Freedom in WPS in 2009 and in the semi-pro W-League in 2006 and 2007. She was born in Alexandria, Virginia, just a few miles outside of downtown Washington, D.C.

  • Liza

    Would like to know the truth about this trade and not all the various tweets, articles floating around which seem to be contradicting each other. Oh well we probably never know what really happened

    • Som Termanni

      As it likely should be. The anonymous leaks were embarrassing for Krieger (obviously), the Spirit (as a symptom of their dysfunction), and the press (for how little information they could corroborate in order to report anything beyond vague soccer twitter trolling).

      • Steglitz49

        Does the Fourth Estate report on WoSo?

        • GT

          I don’t know what that means, but it’s probably very informative and witty.

          • Steglitz49

            I was taught that “The Fourth Estate” is a descriptive term or nickname that positions the press (newspapers) as a 4th branch of government and one that is important to a functioning democracy. These days it refers to any news media, but still especially print journalism or “the press”. (Compare a Fifth Column, if you like.)

          • GT

            Yes. Now that you mention it, I had heard that expression but I forgot (surprise, surprise).

          • Steglitz49

            De nada. I think it comes from England, their England.

          • mockmook

            “it’s probably very informative and witty”

            Not so much.

          • Steglitz49

            It is an English expression so you are excused. Happy to have educated you.

          • mockmook

            Who knew that using a common expression is “informative and witty”?

            Who knew that using a common internet phrase like “Who knew” is informative and witty?

          • GT

            I love being quoted. Thank you.

        • guest

          not in russia. there the fourth estate does what dictator putin says.

      • GT

        Sometimes it seems like the leaks are more truthful and accurate that the “official statements”.

        • dw

          Well, from the League, the players, and the media, all you get are bold faced lies…

        • Som Termanni

          It doesn’t sound like either the vague leaks or the contradictory official statements are accurate or truthful. They certainly don’t include enough verifiable context to be worth the emotional investments folks seem to be making in them, and everyone involved deserves a little better than Lauletta replying to people’s requests for verifiable details of his perpetual trolling with “LOL”.

          • GT

            We want the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

          • Steglitz49

            All she has to do is bend over and take it like a man like many a male soccer player has had to down the music of time. The difference is this: if you are traded without your consent, male players get at least 5% of the transfer fee while if you ask to be traded you get zero.

        • guest

          it seems pretty obvious that kreiger’s surprise statement was intentionally vague to maintain the support of her hometown washington fans. understandable but still deceptive.

          • guest

            and likely vague to put the unfair blame solely on the washington owner.

  • guest

    so she just happened to get traded to the same team where her girlfriend plays without her knowledge. suuuuuure.

  • Amy

    I find it incredibly hard to believe that a player of Ali Krieger’s caliber had no clue that a trade was a possibility.

    • Ollie

      She didn’t say she “had no clue that a trade was a possibility.” She may have sought a trade but truly believed the Spirit would not agree to one without getting equal value in return. The team’s decision to do so may well have come as a surprise to her.

      • Amy

        I mean “Although the Washington Spirit’s decision to trade me comes as a surprise” sounds pretty oblivious to me. If she sought a trade, she shouldn’t be/act surprised when she is, in fact, traded. But guess we will never know the facts of how it all went down.

      • Som Termanni

        Exactly this. Because nobody is willing to report specifics or provide context, everyone assumes the reactions fall on the extremes. This is much more likely but far less dramatic, but to confirm or deny it, it still requires the people like Lauletta who claim to have knowledge about the circumstances to do more than publicly tease fans asking for it.

    • GT

      If what she says is true, I have to believe the trade was discussed with Gabarra.

  • newsouth

    i’m going to assume she made the same request sydney did to laura but went to her desired team. then again, sydney complained to USTet and got to her preferred squad. Door deals up the gazoo with the NT. We aren’t buying it, Half-German.

    • Steglitz49

      It could also be that her friend in Orlando spoke to her coach (TS) who spoke to someone in DC who obliged.

      • Som Termanni

        It still doesn’t explain why Krieger would go through the trouble of dragging the Spirit ownership on her way out. Shades of Lloyd’s bridge-burning reaction to her deal to Houston. If Krieger got what she wanted, why feign upset?

        Thanks to the lousy click-baiting state of woso journalism, we might never know–journalists are too busy alienating potential sources, clubs’ fans, and each other in their echo chamber to break any verifiable news.

        • Steglitz49

          Journalists do not care about WoSo — as witness the 10 players shortlisted for voting for FIFA POTY.

          • Guest22

            More troubling to me is Ellis being on the Coach of the Year list. WTF?

          • Steglitz49

            That was decidedly odd too. I guess 315m Americans matter to FIFA.

        • Guest22

          If Ali says she was surprised by something, I don’t believe that to be a lie. She plays her cards close to the vest, but she’s not given to flat out lying…and why lie about something that she could so easily be called out on by WS mgmt?

          Honestly think her loyalty is to the DC area and her teammates, not ownership (though she tried to put a good face on that and spin it positively for years) or management.

          I suspect we will see a very different team in the next year or two in Washington.

          • Steglitz49

            “Vest”? Is that a euphemism for “sportsbra”? What is wrong with “chest”?

          • Guest22

            Pardon me. I’ve heard it both ways. Have a good evening.

          • Steglitz49

            Thank you. It made me search around. Please see my answer to Craigaroo.

          • Craigaroo

            No “close to the vest” is a standard American colloquialism and probably makes more sense. Comes from playing cards

          • Steglitz49

            I am with Guest22. The version with “chest” is British and goes back to the early 1800s while the “vest” version is essentially American and got going after WW1 (“vest” was used a bit in British English too early on but quickly disappeared).

            Maybe the Limeys played cards naked from the waist upwards? The mind boggles.

          • guest

            kreiger just happens to get traded to the one team where her girlfriend plays without her knowledge or support. suuuuuuure. her surprise statement was intentionally very vague to keep the support of the washington fans.

          • guest

            which is also her hometown. so is understandable but still deceptive.

          • guest

            there are never surprises with uswnt players in the nwsl. they always get the special treatment.

          • Guest22

            I absolutely believe that she had a large hand in where she ended up. What’s wrong with that? My personal belief is that she had something in the works and she was told that Spirit were shopping her on the west coast. She then used whatever pull she has to say NO, I’m going to Orlando or I’m going overseas. The NWSL is better served with her in the league than in Europe, clearly. There may be some under the table dealing going on and WS will get something at a later date. Who knows? Who cares? She really is a good ambassador for women’s football. And she legit has put more effort into promoting the NWSL than most other NTers.

          • guest

            there is nothing wrong with that. it is understandable that she would want to play with her girlfriend. and i’m sure the fans would understand. just be honest about it and not vague or deceptive to maintain hometown fan support. her statement implies she had nothing to do with it and it was totally the washington management’s decision. which is very unlikely. you already have people on here blaming the washington owner saying he wanted to get rid of her when in reality she likely wanted to leave. uswnt players almost never get traded to a team they do not want to go to. just look at the accommodations that were made for sydney leroux to play where she wanted to.

          • SpiritFan80

            It wouldn’t surprise me if she had been working with her agent to put feelers out for a trade. Then, after the loss in the final, changed her mind and decided to stay for another try. Spirit may have pulled a LH with Leroux and decided to get rid of her. Krieger however, was Captain and, by all accounts, a huge leader and fan favorite, not so with Leroux in Seattle. It just makes me wonder about things in org because they seemed so willing to give up such a huge piece for seemingly nothing. Doesn’t inspire confidence.

          • Steglitz49

            It could simply be that the DC leadership was generous and indulged her.

            They may have understood that Ali would not be displeased with a move to Orlando and certainly prefer it to any other move, so they gave her what they thought she wanted.

          • SpiritFan80

            That is very true. I’m not saying that I totally believe that she had absolutely nothing to do with trade. I’m just having a real issue with Spirit giving her up for so little in return. It just does’t make sense to me.
            The tweet she put out 2 weeks ago was about more than just her being traded I think. People were tweeting that she was retiring, going to play in Europe, leaving the NT. Think it was more about that.
            Players usually have an exit interview at end of season. If everything was positive then, she may well have been “surprised” finding out a few weeks later that they were trying to trade her.
            At the start of this season, I told another fellow Spirit fan that I thought this was going to Ali’s last with the team. I kinda changed my mind some towards the end. She seemed to be very committed to WASH, but she was a PR major in college so…..
            Regardless, I am a fan of hers. I think she is good for the league and has shown a commitment to it that we haven’t seen in a lot of other NT players.

          • Steglitz49

            Surprised as in pleasantly surprised? The DC management may have wanted to give her this surprise gift that she could be closer to her friend who plays for Orlando. For some reason the player does not seem to be too positive about it. What are we to conclude?

            Does not want to live in Orlando, a perfectly reasonable attitude for a free woman to take. Friction in her old friendship? Not impossible either. Had started to make plans for a life in DC after retirement? Also possible.

        • SpiritFan80

          The Lloyd reaction, as bratty as it seemed, brought to light problems within the WNY organization. That became even more clear as more players seemed to want out of there and others refused to go there. There was some shuffling around within and now that organization is on the upswing. Could we be seeing the start of something similar with Spirit? I don’t think Krieger will be the only one gone, there are rumors of other top players looking to get out. Perhaps even more seeing writing on the wall, so to speak. You can have great players but if there are problems in the org, this will eventually trickle down to the product and overall chemistry within the team. I love this team and truly hope that I am wrong.

          • Steglitz49

            The difference seems to be that WNY restructured, had a lean year and then won the Championship while DC has had great fans but has yet to win the Championship.

  • Guest22

    Lynch is an asshole. I think Ali did want to eventually go to Orlando (for many reasons) and probably had some sort of plan/deal in the works toward that end. I think she was honestly surprised that the Spirit tried to shop her in a trade to other teams. Personally, I’m happy for her that she gets to play for a more professional organization who will appreciate her.

    • Observed

      The homos are being weeded out in DC. Sick atmosphere. Glad she got out.

      • L7

        So what other roster moves will that require? It must mean a lot different roster.

      • htm222

        so half of their roster is going to turnover?

      • Chak Khan

        The more you want to “weed” them out the more they come. They are good in sports and sports, soccer especially, need them. Get used to it.

      • guest

        overreact much? it was one player. the owner doesn’t have a gay pride night so that automatically makes him homophobic. lolll.

    • john

      Well I’m a Spirit fan so I’m upset the shopping around only earned an item of unknown value. Remove everything else and I’d say it was a prudent time to seek offers for Krieger.

    • Joel

      A few things…

      First, Black Lives Matter’s foundation is a lie. In Ferguson, Michael Brown did not stop, put his hands in the air, and say, “don’t shoot.” This was confirmed by the investigtion performed by Eric Holder’s Department of Justice.

      Second, BLM was founded by America-hating Marxists. Recent injustices, for them, are not primary issues, but convenient vehicles for their preexisting agenda. Naysayers may simply examine the histories of Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi.

      Third, when one is invited to the home (or stadium) of a veteran, it is really, really rude to kneel during the national anthem. Sure, one may do so. But one should expect that one’s host will be very displeased and insulted. The host may have known or been friends with people who died for this country.

      Krieger has been one of my favorite players. However the pervasive nature of groupthink on the left is very destructive. This is a textbook instance.

      • SCCL124

        You are one sick puppy dude.

      • Arcie Tillydee

        Next time you thing about posting politics here, do us all a favor and go play in traffic, instead.

        • Joel

          Welcome to the discussion. Did you read and comprehend the remark to which I was replying?

  • Liebe

    First, I think Ali’s engaging in a little revisionist history re her commitment to the Spirit in the first season. Second, I’m having a hard time believing she isn’t happy about rejoining her might be partner. Third, I’ve never gotten the love affair between the Squadron and Krieger/Harris who have consistently refused to be”Proud”. Fourth, maybe Lynch just thinks he’s captain should worry more about making her penalty than when he plays the anthem.

    • Steglitz49

      paramour

  • WosoFan11

    Playing devil’s advocate here… in the end is it possible that all the drama surrounding this trade is actually good for the league? In terms of exposure, news coverage, etc. Just trying to find a silver lining.

    • Som Termanni

      It wouldn’t hurt for there to be at least one good news item mixed in there that gets the same level of attention but doesn’t make this league look like the semi-professional clusterfuck it apparently is.

  • guest

    So did Press finally come out in her latest instagram picture? I know she deleted one like it in the past

    • annie

      I don’t think wearing a Pride shirt means she is coming out, although most people seem to be on to the fact that she is dating/living with Heath

      • Paul Klee

        That particular t-shirt is a “be proud” shirt from a high end fashion designer with all proceeds going to pulse nightclub victims families.

  • guest

    basically krieger didn’t want to admit to the washington fans that requested a trade away from her hometown team to play on the same team as her girlfriend. much easier to just blame it on the management.

    • anon

      this is what i think too. i think she is being dishonest… not a fan of that

  • NastyWoman (for HRC)

    I think that if Krieger said she was taken by surprise then that is true. I don’t know why people insist they know better and propagate rumors on here. Get a grip people. If Lynch is stupid enough to let her go for next to nothing then he doesn’t have the best interests of his team at heart. That is bad for a bedrock team like Washington.

    • Steglitz49

      It could be generosity on mr Lynch’s part in that Lynch may have felt that she belonged in Orlando with her longtime friend.

    • guest

      kreiger just happens to get traded to the same team where her girlfriend plays without her knowlede or support. surrrrrrrre. uswnt players always get special treatment in the nwsl. there are no surprises there.

    • SpiritFan80

      She may have become aware of the trade before all of the details were finalized. It could still have been a surprise to her. If the Pride let her know she was being shopped around, I wouldn’t be surprised if she got her agent involved. She may have wanted to try to get to be a part of the decision of where she would go. I don’t fault her for that. She’s in the later stage of her career. If she can go somewhere where she will be happy both personally and professionally, good for her. I will miss her in Wash.
      It’s interesting to me that people are so quick to believe Krieger is being dishonest. Especially since there have been so many rumblings of problems between Lynch and players/fans. Krieger has increasingly become a vocal leader for the team, sometimes, it seems, at odds with Lynch. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that he would want to get rid of a player who challenges his decisions. I think the fact that the Spirit didn’t get anything of value for Krieger may give us a tip off as to the way things are working within the organization. Despite her age, she is a consistently top player in the NWSL. They should have been able to get more for her if they weren’t desperate to get rid of her.

      • mockmook

        So the rumors that she was being traded from about 2 weeks ago were a coincidence? And, she ignored those “rumors” and told everyone to shut up about those rumors because she was so certain that it was all a mirage, right?

      • guest

        everyone knows uswnt players get speical treatment in the nwsl. uswnt players don’t get traded with their knowledge and support.

  • FlyingSquirrel42

    …and now Nairn:

    https://thebold.net/christine-nairn-returns-to-seattle-eeac192352fe#.8x194xgu7

    Meanwhile Julie Foudy just said on ESPN2 that Crystal Dunn confirmed that she’s looking to playing overseas.

    Is this a housecleaning mandated by someone in charge? A disintegration fueled by player discontent? Some combination of the two? Will any of the Canadian internationals be next out the door?