15 July 2020

US soccer couple Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris want children and have discussed ‘surrogacy and adoption’

Married US soccer stars Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger have said they want children but add it would be 'unfair’ for one of them to put their career on hold to have them.

The couple, who married last December, both play for National Women’s Soccer League club Orlando Pride and are both key players in the US international squad.

Harris told Allure magazine: "We talk about having kids a lot. The unfortunate part is someone's going to have to give in their career.

"Which is not fair. Because we both love our jobs and have waited our whole lives for these moments. Just taking a year off...where does that fit in? I can't even take a weekend off. 

"We've talked about surrogates, we've talked about adoption, and it's just really tough because what — are we going to take the child everywhere? I mean, we've been home for seven days in the last three months."

The World Cup winners starred in the SheBelieves Cup in March which the US won and they had been training with Pride in the build up to the NWSL Challenge Cup which started on June 27.

The club were forced to withdraw from the tournament after several players and backroom staff tested positive for coronavirus.

Several players already balance motherhood and performing within the NWSL such as Utah Royals forward Amy Rodriguez.

And US star and the couple’s Pride team-mate Alex Morgan has just given birth to a daughter Charlie Elena Carrasco and made it clear she plans to return to soccer.

Krieger said: “We have a lot of moms [on the team]. When we're travelling, we carry the stroller and the [diaper] bag and then she's carrying the baby, or we're carrying the baby and she's getting all the stuff,” she said.

Neither Harris nor Krieger are involved in the current NWSL Challenge Cup which sees the quarter-finals start on Friday.

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