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How Ashlyn Harris Found a New Beginning in Retirement

Last Updated: July 1, 2023
Ashlyn Harris, the two-time World Cup champion and current Global Creative Advisor for Gotham FC, sits down with Rich Kleiman in this week’s very special episode of Out of Office.

Click here to listen to the full episode

Ashlyn Harris was riding high on a World Cup win in 2015. Then, she got on a commercial flight home … in a middle seat.

For any casual fan, it’s impossible to wrap your mind around the disconnect; champagne achievements on a beer budget. This was the norm for Harris and her US women’s national team teammates.

“I put a video online just looking somewhere to plug my phone in. I couldn’t even find an outlet. You’re talking about some of the best players in the world who generate a ton of revenue for US soccer. And they just did not care,” the retired NWSL star and Gotham FC‘s first-ever Global Creative Advisor told Rich Kleiman on the most recent episode of Out of Office.

After retiring from the sport she loved, Harris got a new beginning. In her new role, Harris’s vision is crystal clear: do what needs to be done to get the women of Gotham FC — and the sport of soccer, more broadly — what they deserve. “I want to see things I’m designing in shops here, people wearing it as a lifestyle brand… That’s my job.” On Tuesday, the club released their new home kits, and based on the hype they’ve created already, the vision seems to be working.

The two discuss a wide range of topics, including:

  • The fight for equitable pay with US Soccer
  • Her life with her wife, Ali Krieger, and raising two children
  • Life in retirement and her groundbreaking new role with Gotham FC
  • The next generation of the USWNT

…and much more.

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Bernadette Doykos
Bernadette Doykos
Bernadette Doykos is the Senior Director of Editorial Strategy at Boardroom. Before joining the team, her work appeared in ELLE. She previously served as the head of evaluation for a nonprofit where she became obsessed with systems and strategy and served as the curator of vibes and extinguisher of fires for the design thinking firm Stoked. She is constantly plotting a perfect tunnel ‘fit and a playlist for all occasions.