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Julie Ertz Bids Farewell to U.S. Women’s Soccer Team After Heartfelt Retirement Announcement

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Julie Ertz, a well-known member of the U.S. women’s national soccer team, has announced her retirement following the team’s recent loss to Sweden in a crucial match.

Ertz had been a key player in the USWNT’s victories during the 2015 and 2019 World Cups, playing in every match. However, this time, the team couldn’t replicate their previous successes, and their journey ended sooner than expected with a defeat against Sweden in the Round of 16.

Over her impressive 10-year career, Ertz participated in 122 games for the U.S., winning both Olympic and World Cup titles. She managed to score 20 goals during her time on the field. Reflecting on her retirement, Ertz shared, “This is a very emotional moment for me. Wearing this team’s crest has been a tremendous honor, and it’s tough to say goodbye. It’s a challenging time, and penalties are truly heart-wrenching. Despite that, I’m excited for the future of the girls and the team.”

In an interview with ESPN’s Alexis Nunes, Ertz confirmed that this was indeed her last appearance in a U.S. jersey. Her retirement marks another significant moment in the transition of key players from the USWNT’s golden era. Megan Rapinoe, a two-time World Cup winner, had also previously announced her retirement.

Ertz’s journey to the recent World Cup had been remarkable. She became a mother to her son in August of the previous year and made a strong comeback to the USWNT in April. Her inclusion in the World Cup roster was officially confirmed in June.

During her time in the recent World Cup, Ertz played a crucial role in the team’s defense, helping to keep the opponents at bay with just one goal conceded in four matches. Unfortunately, despite her efforts, the team’s performance fell short, and Ertz won’t be getting the fairytale ending to her international career.

Although Ertz, at 31 years old, will continue to be a midfielder for Angel City FC in the NWSL after signing a one-year deal in April, her days of leading the USWNT have come to an end.

Looking back on her time with the team, Ertz expressed her gratitude, saying, “It’s been an incredible journey. I’ve not only grown as a player, but also as a person. This team’s impact goes beyond just playing soccer, and I am truly thankful for all the experiences.”

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