United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) midfielder Julie Ertz has announced her retirement from international soccer. The 29-year-old will play her final game for the national team later this month.
Ertz, who has been a key figure in the USWNT for nearly a decade, made the decision to step away from the international stage after careful consideration. She expressed gratitude for the opportunity to represent her country and thanked her teammates, coaches, and fans for their support throughout her career.
During her time with the USWNT, Ertz achieved numerous accolades, including winning two FIFA Women’s World Cup titles in 2015 and 2019. She also played a crucial role in the team’s success at the 2016 Rio Olympics, where they clinched the gold medal.
Known for her versatility on the field, Ertz has been a formidable force in both midfield and defense. Her ability to read the game, make crucial tackles, and contribute offensively has made her an invaluable asset to the team.
Off the field, Ertz has been an advocate for gender equality in sports and has used her platform to promote positive change. She has been actively involved in various charitable endeavors and has been recognized for her philanthropic efforts.
While she will no longer represent the USWNT, Ertz will continue her professional career with the Chicago Red Stars in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). She remains committed to the sport and is excited about the next chapter of her career.
As she prepares for her final game, Ertz is focused on giving her all and cherishing the special moments she has shared with her teammates. She expressed her gratitude for the support she has received from fans and the opportunity to represent her country at the highest level.
Ertz’s retirement marks the end of an era for the USWNT, but her impact on the team and the sport will not be forgotten. Her dedication, skill, and leadership have left an indelible mark on women’s soccer in the United States.