The iconic figure of the U.S. women’s national team and two-time World Cup winner Julie Ertz has announced her retirement.
The defensive midfielder Julie Ertz, a two-time World Cup champion with the USWNT in 2015 and 2019, has declared her retirement. Ertz represented the national team for more than a decade, amassing 122 caps and netting 20 goals.
In 2023, she made a remarkable comeback shortly after giving birth to her son in August 2022 and swiftly reasserted her dominance within the USWNT.
Ertz participated in every minute of their 2023 World Cup campaign, which concluded with a round of 16 defeat against Sweden. Following the loss, she had hinted at the possibility of retiring, and on Thursday, she officially announced her decision to retire.
“As an athlete, you’re always singularly focused on the next goal, the next tournament and rarely do you get time to reflect on your career,” Ertz said. “However, over the past couple of months, my heart has been filled with gratitude as I’ve thought about the amazing experiences soccer has given me.
“I’ve been blessed to meet and train with some of the best and most inspirational women I’ve ever been around, and I’ve experienced different cultures while travelling the world to compete at the highest level. I gave everything I had to the sport that I love. With that, I can walk away with no regrets because while I gave soccer every ounce of myself, soccer gave me even more, and for that, I’ll always be thankful,” she added.