Alex Morgan

NFL draft helped lead Julie Ertz to starring role on women's soccer team

NFL draft helped lead Julie Ertz to starring role on women's soccer team

When the Philadelphia Eagles selected tight end Zach Ertz in the second round of the 2013 NFL draft, it’s unlikely anyone with the women’s national soccer team noticed.

But they should have. Because while Ertz’s signing netted the Eagles a sure-handed receiver that has taken them to Sunday’s NFC title game, U.S. Soccer wound up with something of arguably greater value: his soon-to-be-wife, Julie, a versatile midfielder and defender who won a World Cup in 2015 and last year was named the nation’s female player of the year.

And Ertz (née Johnston) owes at least part of that success to her decision to follow Zach from Northern California to Philadelphia. The couple, who...

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