Letter from Ali

I wanted to share this with all of you.

My decision to miss our semifinal match this Sunday to be the Maid of Honor in my Dad’s wedding was a very difficult one for me, one of the most difficult choices I’ve had to make in my life. The logistics and timing of the game and wedding on the same day prevented me from being able to participate in both. It’s a decision that I know affects so many others. I can’t thank my incredible teammates and coaching staff enough for their support, and I’m sorry I put them in this position. It pains me I won’t be in Seattle on Sunday. I apologize to the amazing SpiritFamily and NWSL supporters who were expecting to see me play. Please understand my decision wasn’t made lightly.

My family has come second to football for many, many years and I feel that in my heart it was time I put them first. I would regret not being there for the rest of my life, and I’m extremely happy to be in my Dad’s wedding. I have full confidence in my teammates and I can’t wait to congratulate them in person when they return to DC.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

All my best,