Ali Krieger Sports Complex Groundbreaking

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by Emma Young

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2015 FIFA World Cup Champion Ali Krieger walks through cleared fields in the Potomac Shores subdivision. The building of the Ali Krieger Sports Complex will be complete in phases, including a softball field and junior-sized soccer field in phase I. The complex will eventually also include full-sized soccer fields, little league fields, a concession building, a playground, and additional parking.

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From left-to-right Soccer player Ali Krieger stands next to Maureen Caddigan, Potomac District Supervisor, and Corey Stewart, Chair of the Board of County Supervisors, awaiting the groundbreaking of the new Ali Krieger Sports Complex. “Ground-breaking day is the start to fulfilling a dream,” said Caddigan. These will be “the very best fields anywhere in northern Virginia,” according to Stewart. The complex is being built in the Potomac Shores subdivision, in the Potomac District of Prince William County.

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Soccer champion Ali Krieger, center, breaks ground on the new Ali Krieger sports complex accompanied by dignitaries representing county government and Mike Yeatts, Executive Director of PWSI, 2nd from the left. Krieger noted Yeatts and playing for Prince William Soccer Inc was “a huge part of my success”. Yeatts spoke of the future of the Sports Complex. “Thousands of kids will be able to play here. Potomac Shores will be the finest development in the county.”

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2015 FIFA World Cup Champion Ali Krieger stands amongst players from PWSI, the team Krieger played for while growing up in Montclair in Prince William County. “Don’t ever stop believing in yourself,” Krieger told fans. “Work hard and challenge yourself to get better every day.” Krieger assured fans of her sporting future, “I will be playing in the Olympics. You won’t see this 31 retiring soon.”

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The groundbreaking for the Ali Krieger Sports Complex took place outside Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School. Debbie Andrew, director of Prince William County Parks and Recreation described “the wonderful partnership with John Paul the Great Catholic High School.” By sharing their parking facilities with the complex, the high school enabled space for two more soccer fields.

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Hundreds, including these Prince William Soccer Inc (PWSI) Courage team players, attended the ground-breaking ceremony for the new Ali Krieger Sports Complex on Monday, October 12. The complex will be located in the amenity-laden Potomac Shores subdivision. Its namesake, Ali Krieger, grew up in Montclair, played for PWSI, and was a key player on the 2015 FIFA World Cup Champion U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team.

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Ali Krieger signs autographs following the groundbreaking ceremony for the Ali Krieger Sports Complex in Prince William County. “It’s an honor and a privilege to have this sports complex named after me,” said Krieger. “To have grown up in such an amazing, supportive, and successful community; it’s something I’m so appreciative of,” she furthered. “This is a chance to give my little piece back to the community who made me who I am.”

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