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NWSL players embrace joys, challenges of motherhood

Krueger: ‘Being a mom has transformed my world’

United States defender Casey Krueger holds her child in her arms while at work
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“Are we tired? It’s okay, just breathe…” thought Washington Spirit defender Casey Krueger as she wrapped up a training session with her teammates. Now in mom mode, she held her almost two-year old son Caleb on her lap.

“There’s no feeling like seeing him after a game or practice,” Krueger told The Equalizer. “It doesn’t matter if it was a good day or a bad day — it’s just the instant I see him, he’s my world and makes things better. It’s been the coolest thing to have him along the journey and I’m really thankful to have such a supportive organization with the Spirit.”

Despite the rapidly-shattering stereotypes that women must choose between having a family or a career, moms in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) are prime examples of pursuing both avenues.

“I think as a mom, we put so much of our worth in soccer sometimes and when I was taking that break from soccer and it was just motherhood — it’s not that I didn’t love it, but it’s just nice as a mom to still have your passion,” said Utah Royals forward Michele Vasconcelos

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