Sept 21 (Reuters) – Two-time World Cup champion Julie Ertz bid farewell to professional soccer with a 3-0 U.S. victory over South Africa in a friendly in Cincinnati on Thursday.
Ertz, a twice Female Player of the Year who played a key role in the team’s World Cup winning campaigns in 2015 and 2019, was given an emotional send off with fans holding up messages of appreciation throughout the contest.
“Closure,” Ertz said when asked what it meant to see so many fans staying after the game to continue to cheer her on.
“You always want to make an impact in this sport and for this team especially, that’s both on and off the field.”
Some were hoping…