Ali Krieger knows a thing or two about what it takes to be successful. She’s nearing 100 caps with the U.S Women’s National Team, she’s appeared in two Women’s World Cups, she appeared in the 2016 Olympics, and she’s played across four different leagues. Last season, she made it to the NWSL Championship with the Washington Spirit, a team which she helped carry to the playoffs the last three years.
So, what does Krieger think it takes to be successful?
“It takes good chemistry, it takes good team chemistry,” Krieger said. “A good balance between the coaching staff and the players, having a good understanding of your role as a team, as an individual. Also just focusing on yourself and how you’re doing in your position and how you are being successful in your position to then help the team. And that’s really what’s important.”
In addition to team chemistry and individual awareness, Krieger said that communication and vision is also important to finding success both as an individual and as a team.
“Good communication between the coaches and the players, and ‘Hey, this is our plan, this is our goal, this is our setup, and this is our idea of what we want the team to be like this year,’” Krieger said. “That is something that’s so important to make sure we get that out in the very beginning. ‘This is our mentality and this is our game plan.’ That’s something that I feel like has been very successful.”