Australian soccer player Sam Kerr and American soccer player Kristie Mewis, who have been in a public relationship since the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, have confirmed to People Magazine that they are, in fact, engaged.
This comes after some time of fevered speculation within the passionate lesbian women’s soccer community.
In late October, 32-year-old Kristie, who plays on the U.S. women’s national team and as a midfielder for Gotham FC, posted the photo below, and there wasn’t really any mistaking that ring on her finger for anything other than an engagement rock. Another photo in the dump showed Kristie and Sam, who is 30, on a boat together with a bottle of champagne. An engagement celebration at sea? Seemed possible!
The comments section was alive with a lot of ring emojis and congratulations along with assumptions that perhaps the post was a soft launch. Some fans pointed out that the final photo in the carousel “looks professional,” like perhaps it was part of some sort of engagement photo shoot.
Sam, who plays on the Australia national team and is a forward for Chelsea, also had done an Instagram post fueling engagement speculation in the comments at the end of September:
(Scroll to the fourth photo in Sam’s September photo dump above to see a band on her ring finger (it might look like it’s on the right hand, but because it’s a mirror selfie, that’s definitely the left). These posts also lead Vogue Australia to speculate: “Is this football’s soft launch of the century?”
Kristie and Sam have been an especially adorable soccer couple, whether it’s Kristie cheering Sam on from the stands and posing with fans, gushing about each other in interviews or posting very cute Instagram carousels.
Mewis told People Magazine that her fiancée has “just been everything” to her “my biggest supporter, always listening to me nag and complain all, all of my crazy antics.”
This is an inspiring tale for long-distance lesbian couples everywhere — do not let an ocean get in the way of your potential marriage prospects!
On Saturday, November 11th, Kristie and her team will be facing the OL Reign in the NWSL Championship game, a hotly anticipated contest that will also be the final NWSL game for legends Ali Krieger and Megan Rapinoe. What a time to be alive!