Julie Ertz will go down as among the best defenders within the historical past of the USWNT however introduced her resolution to retire from skilled soccer following her nation’s disappointing exit from the 2023 Ladies’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. The 31-year-old will, nevertheless, pull on the US jersey one ultimate time in Thursday’s pleasant match in opposition to South Africa at TQL Stadium in Cincinnati.
Ertz’s illustrious USWNT profession
Ertz, who spent most of her profession with Chicago Crimson Stars earlier than briefly turning out for Angel Metropolis FC earlier this yr, will play the final recreation of an illustrious profession that noticed her raise the Ladies’s World Cup in 2015 and 2019, in addition to decide up a bronze medal on the 2020 Olympic Video games in Tokyo. The Arizona native will earn her 123rd and ultimate cap for the Stars and Stripes in Ohio.
Married to NFL Arizona Cardinals tight finish Zach Ertz, the one-time midfielder made her debut for the US nationwide workforce in February 2013. Throughout her worldwide profession, she scored 20 objectives and extremely misplaced solely 5 matches whereas enjoying for her nation.
US star’s private fortune
Based on Movie star Web Value, Ertz has amassed a private fortune of $3 million, which she has earned due to her annual enjoying salaries, along with off-field sponsorships.
Ertz’s change in precedence
Ertz has put her resolution to retire at a comparatively younger age right down to a shift in her priorities, with household set to be her essential focus within the speedy future. Son Madden was born in August 2022, with the participant solely briefly returning to the skilled recreation in April earlier than deciding she wished to dedicate extra time to her firstborn.
“I feel the most important issue for positive, like something on this sport takes, is sacrifice. Time with my household is simply irreplaceable, particularly with the place Madden is in his age,” she defined within the build-up to Thursday’s pleasant.
The sport in Cincinnati kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET and you may observe dwell protection proper right here on AS USA.
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