The Nationwide Ladies’s Soccer League shared a YouTube video on Wednesday, July 19, that featured a number of of the soccer stars studying send-off letters from their family and friends earlier than jetting off to New Zealand for the global sports event — which kicks off on Thursday, July 20.
Earlier than opening the letter, Ertz, 31, requested the cameraperson what number of of her teammates have been crying after studying their messages. The midfielder teased she was “at all times the crier” when it got here to sentimental moments.
“Julie, right here we go, World Cup quantity 3,” Ertz learn her message from her husband, Zach. “Lower than a yr in the past, you gave beginning to the most important blessing in our lives, Madden, and watching you develop into a mother has been one of the vital wonderful issues I’ve ever skilled in our time collectively. We love you a lot and can’t wait to help you on this journey for a fifth star.”
Whereas Ertz rejoiced from listening to from her hubby and son, Smith, 22, acquired a letter from her personal important different, boyfriend Michael Wilson.
“Pricey Sophia, I can’t articulate how proud I’m of you for the individual you will have develop into. “You’re the most particular individual I’ve ever encountered in my whole life,” she learn her beau’s phrases. “Let’s let historical past proceed to repeat itself: the World Cup champion and MVP. I like you.”
After studying the candy sentiments, Smith hugged the letter noting it was “so cute” and made her “actually blissful.” In the meantime, her teammate Sofia Huerta acquired a heartrending message from her brother Alex earlier than jetting off to the match.
“Pricey Sofia, I would like you to know that I miss my greatest good friend day-after-day. The day I dropped you off on the airport with Mother,” Huerta, 30, recounted whereas tearing up. “We’re blessed to have you ever in our lives. We’re blessed to obtain your gentle. We’re so grateful that you just exist and we get to share this expertise referred to as life collectively.”
The message continued: “The World Cup is greater than a soccer match, it’s a celebration of life. It’s ardour in its rawest kind. It’s artwork in movement. It’s the pinnacle of human achievement. It displays the hopes and desires of the world. From the underside of our hearts, we love you Sofia.”
Huerta wasn’t the one teammate to get encouraging remarks from her shut household. Alana Prepare dinner acquired phrases of knowledge from her mother.
“Alana, few have the chance to symbolize their nation. Get pleasure from this second and repay the belief that has been given to you,” Prepare dinner 26, recited. “Always remember what it took to get right here. Let these reminiscences of pleasure and heartbreak offer you an unabashed ruthlessness. Go present the world there’s nonetheless room for old-school shutdown defenders. We love you and we’re cheering for you and Workforce USA.”
Workforce USA is the present Ladies’s World Cup champion. The group additionally holds the report for essentially the most titles which is 4. Of their first match, USA is about to tackle Vietnam on Friday, July 21.