This is as close, I think, as Ali Krieger has come to publicly declaring that she’s gay.
Last month, she made this “Q&A” video with her brother, LA hairstylist Kyle Krieger (who is openly gay).
In response to the question, “What is your favorite journey?” the 30-year-old defender gave a somewhat cryptic reply. Here it is, quoted complete and verbatim:
“My favorite journey is probably the one I’m living right now of feeling totally confident, comfortable and free with my sexuality. I feel that resistance towards, I guess, normative expectations and standards of work and relationships. And I feel like for me, I totally feel more confident now than I guess I was in my 20s with who I am and who I want to become and the woman I am now.
“And I think that this has been a long journey for me. And I don’t label myself. It’s been a hard journey.”
Krieger never says what her sexuality is — only that she’s finally comfortable with it. She never uses the ‘G’ word.
Her grammar and syntax repeatedly veer off the road. But her message, I think, is clear.
In social media postings, Krieger is frequently in the company of Ashlyn Harris, the striking backup goalkeeper for the U.S. team. The two are also teammates on the Washington Spirit of the National Women’s Soccer League.
When Krieger sustained a concussion two weeks ago in the opening game of the NWSL season, and lay on the ground for several minutes before being removed on a stretcher, Harris never left her side.