Ertz: 2019 World Cup Title Even More Special Than 2015

Few soccer players have won two World Cups, but Julie Ertz is in select company

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August 07, 2019 - 6:06 pm

Few soccer players win a World Cup, and even fewer win two. Well, Julie Ertz is among the select few to accomplish that feat.

But was one World Cup title more special than the other? As it turns out, yes.

“I don’t know if it’s just because I’m getting older or my perspective is changing, but 2015 was so special and 2019 was a little bit even more special,” Ertz told Bill Reiter. “I think just getting older, I had a new challenge in the midfield, obviously the game keeps growing and it gets more challenging – yeah, this one was awesome.”

The U.S. beat Japan 5-2 in the 2015 final and Netherlands 2-0 in the 2019 final.

Ertz was asked whether the 2019 squad was the best in women’s soccer history.

“I enjoyed the soccer that we played,” Ertz said. “We had so many different variety. We had amazing depth on the team. Since the last World Cup, we’ve just been able to grow and push ourselves and even surprise ourselves, including myself. I’ve really enjoyed it. We played some really good soccer. I was proud.”