Prince William News
Sun., Jul. 24 - From Bruin to Nittany Lion to Olympian - her journey continues.
Sat., Jul. 23 - A winning Mega Millions ticket was bought in Gainesville.
Sat., Jul. 23 - Prince William County residents are showing their true colors through out the county.
Sat., Jul. 23 - Manassas Blue and Gray 8U team heads to World Series
Sat., Jul. 23 - Prince William County election precincts are moving here, there and everywhere or so it seems.
Sat., Jul. 23 - A single vehicle crash into a garage ends in death at Gainesville residence.
Fri., Jul. 22 - Acqtel Realty hosted a pig roast themed luau to celebrate the grand opening of their newly renovated historic office in Old Town Manassas.
Fri., Jul. 22 - Some history is worth repeating.
Thu., Jul. 21 - Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue First Battalion Companies trained in the heat on structures located on James Madison Highway in Haymarket throughout last weekend.
Thu., Jul. 21 - Transportation projects continue throughout the Haymarket and Gainesville region.
PWC’s Krieger picked to compete for U.S. team in Rio
© Gainesville Times
Now she can cross that off her list.
On July 12, Krieger was named by United States women's national soccer team head coach Jill Ellis to the 18-player roster bound for Rio de Janeiro and the 2016 Olympic Games. It's the latest accomplishment for the proud product of the Prince William Sparklers.
Krieger spent her childhood in Dumfries, playing for coach and dad Ken at the elite youth level with Prince William Soccer. She played for one year at Hylton High School before transferring to brand-new Forest Park High School before her sophomore year.
As a Bruin, Krieger served as team captain for three years and was twice recognized as an all-state performer. Her senior season of 2003 was rewarded with the Gatorade Virginia Player of the Year for girls' soccer.
She moved on to an acclaimed collegiate career with Pennsylvania State University, earning a pair of All-American honors.
Krieger has played professionally for teams in the United States and Germany, including a one-year stint with the Washington Freedom. Her current employer is the Washington Spirit, for which she has served as captain since 2014.
She made her international debut in 2008, and played every minute of the American women's run to the 2015 World Cup championship.
At age 32, Krieger becomes the oldest first-time Olympian the United States has ever had in women's soccer. The defensive specialist would have been part of the 2012 Olympics in 2012, according to the U.S. Soccer press release announcing the roster, but a torn anterior cruciate ligament prevented her from collecting her first Olympic cap.
Krieger's website noted that being in that London stadium to watch as her would-be teammates clinched Olympic Gold four years ago was "cherished memory that she will never forget," though it was "bittersweet." Krieger could now get the chance to taste gold for herself.
Since women's soccer entered the pantheon of Olympic sports in 1996, the U.S. women's national team has dominated the globe. The Americans have brought home gold four times and silver once, and are currently on an Olympic gold streak back to 2004.
Krieger and her fellow Olympians team up for their first match July 22, a friendly in Kansas City, Kan., versus Costa Rica.
Ali Krieger File
Youth club: Prince William Sparklers
High school: Forest Park Bruins
Pro team: Washington Spirit
Picked for: US Olympic Team
PWC girl: AliKrieger.com/bio