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“I have [always been a leader]. I’ve captained almost every team that I’ve been a part of from the time I was playing club soccer. It’s not something that I ever really focused on, it just kind of happened.”

“[With six siblings] automatically you had a team, said Winters. Growing up in the family I grew up in kind of helped spur my love of competition for sure.” Winters’ pursuit of soccer was a positive one, eventually turning into a successful career where she often found herself leading the way for her team. Her ability to lead came from her mother’s insight, throughout a childhood where the Winters family moved five different times.“Every time we moved my mom would tell us, ‘you have to be a friend to make a friend. It sounds kind of trivial, but for me constantly being the new kid and having to be outgoing and go out of my way to make friends I think it actually taught me some of the leadership skills that I have today. I understand what it’s like to be the new kid and I want everybody to be involved.”

“I’ve known that my soccer career is going to come to an end at some point, but this last year really realizing that this is it has been an extremely difficult decision to make. Words really can’t explain what this team means to me. And I’m going to support the Seattle Reign for the rest of my life.”

Thank you for everything you’ve done for the game, Keelin. Oh captain, my captain. 

Ali Krieger gives Megan Rapinoe a helping hand to get up after Pinoe tries a sliding tackle on Krieger and Pinoe was called for the foul.  This was during the Washington Spirit/Seattle Reign game on September 5, 2015.

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The crowd here at Memorial Stadium is going to experience a moment of silence. Sports often gives us a way to celebrate events and also grieve with the rest of the country. Last night over 100 individuals were killed or injured at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL, a senseless act of terror that was driven by hate. To those in our LGBTQ community, we stand with you and to the friends and families of the innocent victims of this horrific senseless tragedy, we grieve with you. To those who advocate for inclusion, for equality, for a world free of bigotry, hate, and the violence it perpetuates, we will fight beside you. Please join us in a moment of silence to honor all those impacted by the tragic events in Orlando.