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first_imgLive For Live Music: Will you tell us how you came up with the concept of Conspire To Smile?Reid Genauer: I found myself like many of us: stuck, starting with a sense of awe and dismay. It’s not only politics that plays into it. There’s also the #MeToo movement and all the exceptional weather events related to climate change. There are just a lot of big moving parts happening at once. Social media is a cultural revolution that has no point of view. In the sixties, there was the intent to expand consciousness and lead with love and compassion. The mantra for today’s social revolution—which isn’t even described as such—is the democratization of everything, and it has a neutral point of view.Some of the big companies are coming under scrutiny for that—this idea that the power they yield has to have a point of view. My point of view is that if people are just sharing negative or inane stuff, what is any organization supposed to do? The question I ask myself is, who has a point of view and who is sharing it, besides just adding to the negative spin?It is really hard to find or to point to too many individuals or organizations who are doing that. I was scratching my head on how to free myself from feeling crippled and just demoralized and borderline hopeless and how I might help those around me. It was one of those things where it’s like the answer is always in front of you the whole time. I just thought, “That’s what music has always done.”In the sixties, there was a clear cultural intent in that they looked to music as a way to build community, to create connectivity, and to convey the positive sentiment. I mean, all of those songs are about spreading love and positivity. Nine out of ten Beatles songs are about love. So I thought why not explicitly call upon the power of music itself, the stories they tell, and the power of the collective narrative or the community it builds? That’s how the idea for Conspire To Smile was born.L4LM: How do you plan to execute your concept?RG: Regarding execution, I just started socializing the notion with a bunch of my bandmates and my extended community of musicians and musical friends, and everyone was nodding their head in violent agreement. So we all agreed on a core set of tunes, an artistic approach, and a logistical approach. It was hard to plan it all out in advance, but I just kicked it into first gear, and it’s moving.L4LM: Are the tunes chosen for the album originals?RG: No. So the album is called Conspire to Smile. The title track is a brand-new song. The other tracks are covers, but I call them “retold.” The audience will have to deliver the verdict on whether we succeeded or not. But, what we didn’t want to do was create bad covers of good songs, so I tried to do something fresh—whether it’s the instrumentation or the arrangement or the feel, so that the songs have new voices. The album is coming out under Reid Genauer and Folks, but this is the first time Strangefolk has all recorded in the studio since 1998.L4LM: How did that feel?RG: It’s awesome. It has inspired all of us on so many levels. Personally and musically, we choose a weekend to do it, but I know it’s inspired a creative lust. It proved to us that even though we don’t live in the same place right now, we can still make it happen. It was really empowering creatively.L4LM: How many songs will be on the album?RG: At least fourteen, so far: twelve covers and two originals. I intend to release them on a rolling basis when they are ready for free.L4LM: How did you decide what musicians you were going to call on for this project?RG: It was a mixture of things. Some of it was serendipity and who I ran into. Some of it is that I wanted it to not just have it be a “guitarmageddon,” so I have Ryan Mountbleau sing on it, Erik Glockler and Jon Trafton of Strangefolk. I also have Jen Hartswick who is going to sing on it—she has an amazing voice—and Aaron Maxwell from God Street Wine, so partly I was curating based on who was going to crush it vocally. Also, Elliot Peck from Midnight North; she sings like an angel.I was thinking about some other filters too—people with unusual voices who could lend that “other” to it—so that the songs can be retold. Jason Crosby, who has been my bandmate, is an obvious one, plus Scott Metzger and others. That was all part of it, but the other part was that I wanted people who were intimately part of my musical community. Instead of going wide and asking strangers, it’s a coming together for those who are already converted, so to speak.It was important to me that it was a tightknit group, so that the artists were exhibiting behavior that might extend to the audience and beyond. In the back of my head, sure, I would love for it to be a global movement, but my ambition is modest. Let’s say collectively between Strangefolk and Assembly of Dust, we speak directly to 20,000 people, and let’s say ten percent of those people participate—I don’t mean in the Kickstarter, but participate in finding some sense of comfort, orientation, or relief. That’s a win. That’s a huge amount of energy that won’t get wasted, and that can be used towards more productive things.Let’s face it, a lot of the things people are bummed out about are justifiable, but because of social media and its lack of a point of view, some large percent is just this crippling spin that keeps telling the same story. That spin is what prevents you from doing something, whether it’s going for a run or spending time with your family or saving the world. You have to get out of your own way.L4LM: What will the Kickstarter go toward?RG: Well, the musicians all donated their time, but it’s the cost of putting something like this together. What I like about Kickstarter is that inherently you feel emotionally invested in what you have chosen to participate in. That is really what’s most important to me. Why not have people who are investing in the ideal and the collective? I am looking for leaders, not listeners, and that is what Kickstarter does by default, so it is a great platform for something like this.L4ML: Strangefolk played a few dates together this year. Can we expect more from the band in the future?RG: I can’t remember the dates, but the original Strangefolk lineup did not play together, I can’t remember the exact dates for upwards of ten years. In 2012, we did some reunion dates that were intended as a one-off, but it just felt good, so we have toured sporadically since then.L4LM: Is it true that Pete Shapiro left a Disney family vacation for the Strangefolk reunion?RG: [laughs] That I can’t remember, but he put the reunion together. We had hardly spoken in ten years, and Shapiro scheduled a conference call when he was opening The Capitol Theatre. He got us all on a conference call and in Pete Shapiro manner was just like, “Enough of the bullshit. You guys are playing.” He had always been a close friend and a great supporter, so I think we all respected him and felt the logic and enthusiasm in what he was saying. He, like many cool things as of late, deserves the credit for putting us back together.[Photo: Geoff Tischman via Reid Genauer’s Facebook page] Reid Genauer is a songwriter and storyteller best known for his work in Assembly of Dust and Strangefolk. Recently, Genauer has joined forces with a cooperative of musicians—including Jen Hartswick, Elliot Peck, Ryan Montbleau, Jason Crosby, Scott Metzger, and more—for a new studio album, Conspire To Smile. The title track of Conspire To Smile, which has already been released, will be one of at least fourteen songs on the new album, which will feature a handful of new originals plus a number of reimagined covers.In addition to this album from Reid Genauer & Folk, the artist is also starting a social media experiment and has launched a Kickstarter campaign under the Conspire To Smile moniker, with the idea that he can inspire a positive community-building movement that will help take break up the negativity that floods social media. The Kickstarter campaign started on February 1st, with proceeds going toward funding this new project. You can listen to the first tune, the title track of Conspire To Smile, below, plus check out Live For Live Music’s interview with Reid Genauer on Conspire To Smile below.last_img read more

first_img— Chris Paul had 21 points and 12 assists as the Thunder hammered the Knicks, 126-103. Danilo Gallinari had a team-high 22 points for Oklahoma City, which outscored New York in each quarter and stayed 1 ½ games behind Utah for the fourth seed in the Western Conference.— Kristaps Porzingis (KRIHS’-tahps pohr-ZIHN’-gihs) had his fifth straight game with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds, providing 26 and 11 as the Mavericks clobbered the Grizzlies, 121-96. Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) added 21 points for Dallas, which outscored Memphis, 34-16 in the third quarter and moved 14 games over .500 for the first time this season.— Domantas Sabonis (doh-MAHN’-tahs sah-BOH’-nihs) shot 11-for-14 while contributing 24 points and 12 rebounds to the Pacers’ 108-102 decision over the Bulls. Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE’-poh) scored 16 in Indiana’s fifth win in six games after missing the previous two games because of a sore right knee.— Jrue (jroo) Holiday dropped in 20 points and Brandon Ingram missed 15 of his first 17 shots before scoring five points over the final 62 seconds of the Pelicans’ 110-104 victory against the Heat. New Orleans rookie Zion Williamson scored 17 points, ending his string of 20-point performances at 13.— Caris LeVert recorded a triple-double of 27 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in sending the Nets to a 139-120 pounding of the Spurs. Brooklyn rang up 75 points in the first half, put eight players in double figures and led by as much as 33 in front of former Net Julius Erving, one of the greatest players in franchise history. — Aron Baynes established career highs with nine 3-pointers and 37 points as the Suns beat the Trail Blazers, 127-117 to end a four-game losing streak. Baynes was 9 of 14 from long distance and 12 of 23 overall while also grabbing 16 rebounds.— The Magic rolled to a 132-118 win over the Timberwolves as Nikola Vucevic (VOO’-she-vihch) had 28 points and 12 rebounds to lead Orlando. Markelle Fultz added 24 points for Orlando, which played most of the second half without coach Steve Clifford due to illness.— Bradley Beal shot 7-for-10 from 3-point range while scoring 35 points for the Wizards in a 118-112 win against the Hawks. Davis Bertans added 17 points and Jerome Robinson had 14 for Washington, which was 15 of 31 from beyond the arc.NBA-NEWSNBA fines Cuban, sends teams memo on proper conduct Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULELakers win showdown with BucksUNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have won a matchup of NBA conference leaders by getting a combined 67 points from LeBron James and Anthony Davis. UNDATED (AP) — Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (EHK’-lur) has been rewarded with a four-year, $24.5 million contract that includes $15 million guaranteed.Ekeler had a breakout season while scoring 11 touchdowns for the Chargers last season, finishing seventh in the league and fourth in the AFC this season with 1,550 scrimmage yards. He has gone from an undrafted rookie in 2017 to special teams standout before becoming a featured part of the Los Angeles backfield.PGA-BAY HILLHatton, Kang share Palmer leadORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tyrrell Hatton and Sung Kang are co-leaders at the midway point of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. Lawson was notified in August 2018 that he tested positive for a substance frequently used in the U.S. to promote the growth of beef cattle. The agent said Lawson ate what they believe to be tainted beef at a Japanese restaurant in Arkansas before the drug test.The drug test has prevented Lawson from competing for 19 months.OHIO STATE-TEAM DOCTOROhio State settling some suits over doc abuse; cost unclearCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State has reached an unspecified settlement with nearly half of the roughly 350 men who say they were sexually abused decades ago by a team doctor who was jokingly known among some athletes by nicknames like “Dr. Jelly Paws.” Yeshiva University tipped off against Worcester Polytechnic Institute Friday afternoon in an empty gym occupied only by players, employees and media members in the first-round game.Johns Hopkins said it was “prudent” to take this step after Maryland’s recently confirmed COVID-19 cases and CDC guidelines for large gatherings.In other sports news involving the virus:— The NBA wants its teams to prepare to play without fans if necessary because of the coronavirus crisis. The league circulated a memo to its teams Friday telling them to prepare in case it becomes necessary to play games without fans or media, as sports leagues in Europe have already done. The memo detailed potential actions that teams might need to take “if it were to become necessary to play a game with only essential staff present.” LeBron James already says he won’t play basketball in an empty arena.— The NHL has sent a memo to teams urging players to limit contact with fans because of the coronavirus outbreak. The move follows a similar directive this month by the NBA, which has told its players to stop high-fiving fans and strangers and avoid taking items for autographs. March 7, 2020 Associated Press — Amid widespread concern about the coronavirus, Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish decided to be extra careful after he developed a cough this week. The Japanese right-hander visited with at least two doctors and stayed away from the team for a day before throwing three innings in a simulated game. Darvish said he feels good now, but he’s still coughing a little bit.— Diamondbacks infielder Domingo Leyba has been suspended 80 games for a violation of baseball’s performance-enhancing drug program. The 24-year-old from the Dominican Republic played 21 games with the Diamondbacks last season, hitting .280 with five RBIs.— Tim Tebow has been reassigned to minor league camp by the Mets after going 2-for-13 in spring training, including his first extra-base hit in four years of exhibition play. The 32-year-old outfielder batted .163 in 77 games last season at Triple-A Syracuse in his second straight injury-shortened season.NFL-NEWSPay bump for Chargers’ Ekeler UNDATED (AP) — The NBA has fined Dallas owner Mark Cuban $500,000 for “public criticism and detrimental conduct” regarding officiating.Cuban twice walked onto the court to challenge officiating calls during the Mavericks’ loss to Atlanta on Feb. 22. The league says Cuban spoke to reporters in the arena after the game and tweeted several times that night and into the next day with comments that were highly critical, personal and demeaning to the league and its officiating staff.The NBA announced that the Mavericks’ protest of that game was rejected Friday. The league also sent a memo to teams reminding them of rules that govern conduct of owners, coaches and other team personnel during games.In other NBA news:— The Lakers have signed guard Dion Waiters, who had been a free agent since Memphis waived him last month. He was let go by the Grizzlies three days after acquiring him from Miami in the three-team trade that landed Andre Iguodala (ih-goh-DAH’-lah) (ihg-ah-DAH’-lah) with the Heat. Waiters was suspended three times while playing only three games for Mami, but his 3-point shooting prowess could be valuable as the Lakers head to their first playoff appearance since 2013. NHL-SCHEDULEDevils surprise BluesUNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Blues’ eight-game winning streak has been stopped by an unlikely team.Dakota Mermis scored his first NHL goal and fellow defenseman Connor Carrick got his first of the season as the Devils doubled up the Blues, 4-2.Cory Schneider made 31 saves to help the worst team in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division end a 12-game skid against the defending Stanley Cup champions. Tiger still not ready, will miss The Players ChampionshipORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods will miss The Players Championship for the first time when not recovering from any of his nine surgeries.His agent says Woods is still bothered by a back issue but adds that it’s not a long-term concern.Woods decided at the last minute not to play the World Golf Championships event in Mexico and has skipped last week’s Honda Classic and this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, where he has won a record eight times.PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS-HOAG CLASSIC T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SAN DIEGO STATE/BOISE STATEAztecs reach conference title game againLAS VEGAS (AP) — Fifth-ranked San Diego State is 30-1 after advancing to the Mountain West Tournament title game for the third straight year.Malachi Flynn had 22 points, five rebounds and five assists as part of the Aztecs’ 81-68 comeback win over Boise State. San Diego State trailed by 16 with about five minutes left in the first half before outscoring the Broncos, 64-31 the rest of the way.KJ Feagin added 21 points and six rebounds for the Aztecs, who made 15 3-pointers and shot 49.1% from the field.center_img Qualifier leads at Newport BeachNEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Monday qualifier David Morland IV fired a 10-under 61 at Newport Beach Country Club to take a two-stroke lead in the PGA Tour Champions’ Hoag Classic.Morland had five birdies on each nine, closing with a birdie on the par-5 18th. He was a stroke off the course record set by Tom Purtzer in 2004 and matched by Nick Price in 2011 and Duffy Waldorf in 2015.Defending Charles Schwab Cup champion Scott McCarron and Ken Duke are tied for second.GOLF-PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM Manager Aaron Boone says he thought the star right fielder hurt himself making a diving catch late last season. Judge will rest two weeks while recovering from the stress fracture to his first right rib. He hasn’t played in any spring training games while dealing with soreness in his right pectoral muscle and shoulder.Since winning the 2017 AL Rookie of the Year award, Judge has been limited to 112 games in 2018 because of a broken right wrist and to 102 games last year due to a strained left oblique.In other MLB news:— Christian Yelich (YEH’-lihch) has finalized a $215 million, nine-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. His new deal adds seven years and $187.25 million to his current contract. Yelich won the NL batting title and MVP award in 2018 as the Brewers reached Game 7 of the NL Championship Series.— One day after signing with the Red Sox, pitcher Collin McHugh says he regrets he didn’t do more to stop the Astros from breaking sign stealing rules in 2017 and 2018. McHugh is worried about the impact of the Astros’ actions on young fans. He said pitchers were led to believe other teams were stealing the Astros’ signs. Hatton fired a 3-under 39 and Kang shot a 68 that puts them 7 under through two rounds, one stroke ahead of Danny Lee.Matt Every ballooned to an 83 that allowed him to join the wrong list in PGA Tour annals by going from the 18-hole lead to the weekend off.Rory McIlroy is two strokes back following a 73, tying him with Harris English and Sungjae Im.Jason Day had to withdraw after five holes Friday because of back issues that have hampered him in recent years.PGA-PLAYERS-WOODS — Carter Rowney and Adam Henrique (hen-REEK’) did the scoring for the Ducks as they sent the Maple Leafs to their third consecutive loss. 2-1. John Gibson made 26 saves before coming off with an apparent injury midway through the third period.— Tyler Bertuzzi and Robby Fabbri (FAB’-ree) scored to give the Red Wings a 2-0 lead in a 2-1 victory over the Blackhawks. Jonathan Bernier stopped 32 shots for Detroit, which has a league-low 37 points.MLB-NEWSYanks’ Judge has broken ribUNDATED (AP) — New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge has a broken rib that could require surgery, leaving doubt when he’ll be back in the lineup. — Chicago State plans to send its men’s and women’s basketball teams to Las Vegas for the WAC Tournament next week after canceling regular-season games because of concerns about the spread of the virus.TRACK AND FIELD-LAWSON CLEAREDLawson cleared for competitionUNDATED (AP)— American long jumper and sprinter Jarrion Lawson has been notified by the Court of Arbitration for Sport that he has been exonerated of a doping offense, according to his agent.The agent says details of the decision are expected to be released next week, adding that Lawson was awarded around $10,000 to help offset his legal fees. Vince Dunn and Jaden Schwartz scored for the Blues, whose winning streak began with a 3-0 victory over New Jersey on Feb. 18.Elsewhere on NHL ice:— Connor Hellebuyck (HEH’-leh-buhk) picked up his league-leading sixth shutout of the season by handling 29 shots in the Jets’ 4-0 win over the Golden Knights. Patrik Laine (LY’-nay) and Nikolaj Ehlers (NIH’-koh-ly EE’-lurz) each had a goal and an assist, while Kyle Connor added his team-high 36th goal to help Winnipeg prevent Vegas from padding its two-point lead over Edmonton in the Pacific Division.— The Avalanche remain two points behind the West-leading Blues after Zack MacEwen scored twice in the Canucks’ 6-3 win over Colorado. J.T. Miller and Antoine Roussel had a goal and an assist as Vancouver ended a four-game losing streak.Matthew Tkachuk (kah-CHUHK’) assisted on goals by Johnny Gaudreau, T.J. Brodie and Mikael Backlund in the Flames’ 3-2 win against the Coyotes. Calgary has gone 6-3-1 in its last 10 to move within three points of the Pacific Division-leading Knights. The settlement is the first for accusers of the late doctor, Richard Strauss, who they say groped and otherwise mistreated students for two decades while school officials who knew of concerns did little to stop him. Strauss died in 2005.Ohio State wouldn’t disclose the dollar amount. Update on the latest sports The West-leading Lakers are 48-13 after James delivered 37 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in a 113-103 victory against the Milwaukee Bucks. James had 14 points while the Lakers outscored the Bucks, 39-28 in the third quarter to take an 11-point lead.Davis had 30 points for Los Angeles, which won for the 10th time in its last 11 games and gained a split of the two-game season series.Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) had 32 points and 12 boards for the Bucks, whose league-best record dropped to 53-10.Checking out Friday’s other NBA action:— Mike Conley Jr. nailed six 3-pointers and dropped in 25 points to carry Utah past the Celtics, 99-94 in Boston. Jordan Clarkson finished with 17 points to help the Jazz overcome Marcus Smart’s 29 points. The Jazz handed the Celtics their third straight home loss and moved into sole possession of fourth place in the West, a half-game ahead of Houston. Sorenstam, Player to be White House honoreesWASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has announced that World Golf Hall of Famers Annika Sörenstam and Gary Player will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a White House ceremony on March 23.Player won 24 PGA Tour events and 118 international tournaments. Sörenstam completed her LPGA career with 72 tournament victories.NHL-OBIT-HENRI RICHARDHabs great Henri Richard dies MONTREAL (AP) — Former Montreal Canadiens star Henri Richard (ahn-REE’ ree-SHAHRD’) has died at 84 following a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.The speedy center won a record 11 Stanley Cups during a 20-year career spent entirely with the Canadiens from 1956-75. Richard played a team-record 1,256 regular-season games and is third in club history with 1,046 points.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSMore sporting events affected by spreading virusUNDATED (AP) — A Division III men’s basketball NCAA Tournament game at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins University is believed to be the first U.S. sports event held without fans because of the new coronavirus.last_img read more

first_imgView this post on Instagram View this post on Instagram Ali Krieger and Ashlyn HarrisHaving your partner in the stands, watching you compete would be a moment of pride for any athlete. But to have them by your side, even on the field with you, is better than Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris’ wildest dreams.Krieger and Harris will join the U.S. women’s national soccer team on back-to-back trips to the FIFA Women’s World Cup. But this time, they’ll be going as fiancées. Pugh wrote in The Players Tribune, “I have a goal. It’s for this year, for the World Cup and beyond: I want to be the best at everything I do.”She continued, “I’m hoping that I can make a statement at this summer’s World Cup — just like [Mia Hamm] did back in 1999. I’m hoping to get into one of those Mia Hamm Zones.”The Braves are in season during the World Cup, so Swanson likely won’t have a chance to make it to France to support the national team. But if you’re in Atlanta, you might catch him at a U.S. matchday watch party. View this post on Instagram 🖤A post shared by Mallory Pugh (@malpugh) on Dec 13, 2018 at 6:22pm PSTThe shortstop and USWNT forward met after the No. 1 MLB draft pick was traded from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Braves in 2015. Pugh’s brother-in-law, second baseman Jace Peterson, introduced the two. The young couple are fairly private about their relationship, but they certainly aren’t hiding it. Merry Christmas 🎄A post shared by Dansby Swanson (@dansbyswanson) on Dec 25, 2018 at 4:37pm PSTSwanson told Sporting News in March, “We never would have met, obviously, if I didn’t get traded to Atlanta. Would never have met Jace, the whole thing. So I’m thankful now.”In 2016, the 18-year-old Pugh became the youngest U.S. goal scorer in Olympic history. She’s looking for more on the biggest stage in soccer. It really does get better. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜A post shared by Ali Krieger (@alikrieger) on Oct 11, 2018 at 3:00pm PDTThe USWNT stars kept their relationship private to avoid distraction from their club, national team and teammates.“We wanted to be professional and make sure that we showed up every day and did our job and it wasn’t just because we were together, it was because we love what we do, and we’re really good at what we do,” Krieger told People. “We were like, now is the right time … and I feel like it’s a massive weight off of my shoulders.”Krieger, who is embarking on her third World Cup, was a hopeful addition to the roster, having been out of USWNT camps for two years.“It’s a dream come true to be back,” Krieger told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “It’s really nice to be able to share this moment with her and make these memories with [Ashlyn], and really have someone in your corner that understands the [training] process and how tiring it is.”ICYMI: Soccer Stars Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris Are Engaged! 💕 https://t.co/7XMpkPlWOy— People (@people) March 13, 2019The couple is still dedicated to not being a distraction from the team and their historic chase for a fourth title.“When we’re at work, we’re there to work. I’m her teammate,” Harris said. “We’re very much about the team. We put the team first. And when we’re at home, the relationship comes first.”MORE: A complete guide to the 2019 Women’s World CupJulie and Zach ErtzJulie Johnston met Zach Ertz at a baseball game at Stanford, where Zach was a junior tight end and Julie was a sophomore midfielder at Santa Clara University. He writes about the chance meeting that he, “went up and sat right next to her…that was that.”The pair married in 2016, the year after Julie and the USWNT won the 2015 World Cup and the year before Zach caught the Super Bowl-winning touchdown for the Philadelphia Eagles. Julie and Zach have been hailed as a sports power couple and, in the summer of 2017, were featured together in the ESPN Body Issue, highlighted by the pride they have in each other’s accomplishments.Thrilled to take part in @ESPN Magazine Body Issue with my wife! So much fun for us & an honor to be included! https://t.co/qcV1WmFc5c— Zach Ertz (@ZERTZ_86) July 6, 2017“I love watching Julie play,” Zach told ESPN. “I know how much work she puts into her sport and her craft. To see that hard work payoff is very satisfying to me too.”And Julie is no stranger to seeing Zach’s hard work payoff, too.The night of the 2017 NFC Championship game, Julie heard the news that Zach was Super Bowl bound after her own game ended and the moment went viral.USWNT’s Julie Ertz found out her husband, Zach Ertz, made it to the Super Bowl right after her match today 🙏(via @ussoccer_wnt) pic.twitter.com/rCVyBDWkIg— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 22, 2018Zach Ertz (@ZERTZ_86) seeing his wife’s reaction to his team making the Super Bowl hits you right in the feels. ❤️ #SBLII pic.twitter.com/7q0F5G1Cu1— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) January 22, 2018“He’s my No. 1 supporter and fan,” Julie told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “To be able to have him there — and obviously, hopefully celebrate with him in the end — I’m very grateful for him and his support, and of course the [Eagles’] as well.”Always fun watching the Mrs! @julieertz #TeamErtz #SheBelievesCup pic.twitter.com/1m6TNyZ50p— Zach Ertz (@ZERTZ_86) February 28, 2019The Ertz household has a Superbowl title and a World Cup trophy — and is seeking a second this summer in France.It’s good to be an [email protected]: World Cup champ 🏆@ZERTZ_86: Super Bowl champ🏆 pic.twitter.com/4n1Yeyr3IK— Bleacher Report NFL (@BR_NFL) February 5, 2018If that’s not goals, figuratively and literally, I don’t know what is.Megan Rapinoe and Sue BirdMegan Rapinoe and WNBA star Sue Bird are giving the Ertzes a run for their “power couple” money.The Seattle Storm guard and the Seattle Reign striker have been together since 2016, first meeting at the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.Bird came out to the public in an interview with ESPNW, relaying her relationship with Rapinoe to the world.Since then, they’ve become the LGBT community’s most visible sports couple.“Megan opened my eyes … that there’s a very high value in somebody who is a public figure coming out and talking about their sexuality and what that means for kids and for society,” Bird said in an interview with Seattle Refined.Meet Seattle sports’ newest power couple: Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe (via @StefanieLoh)https://t.co/Drp4wDqorM pic.twitter.com/NkSB7VfQjF— The Seattle Times (@seattletimes) June 22, 2018They were the first gay couple to be featured together on the cover of the ESPN Body Issue last summer.The ESPN Body Issue is out.Congrats to Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe — the first openly gay couple to be on the cover, and featured in the issue.https://t.co/HDjbOVtAR7 pic.twitter.com/RQVbfxk4F7— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) June 25, 2018Their support on the field and court is apparent, telling Seattle’s Q13 FOX they have season tickets to the other’s team.And Rapinoe credits her performance on the pitch to Bird’s nutritional influence.She told ESPN, “Once we met and started dating … I saw the difference so quickly and saw the change in myself so quickly that I was like, ‘Oh, this is actually working’ I’m gonna keep on this. Keep playin’ ’til I’m 37.”Like the Ertzes, the Rapinoe-Bird household has plenty of hardware in its trophy case.The couple has three WNBA titles, five combined Olympic gold medals and one World Cup.Rapinoe is looking to add to that collection. Bird will almost lead an “I believe that we will win!” chant from the couple’s hometown.Alex Morgan and Servando CarrascoMarried in 2014, Alex Morgan and Servando Carrasco make up one of professional soccer’s most recognizable couples.The best day ever. pic.twitter.com/k1SFv2uxDV— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) January 3, 2015The LA Galaxy midfielder and the Orlando Pride forward are on opposite sides of the country now, but they always make time to support each other. View this post on Instagram View this post on Instagram I always get questions about my dreams in soccer and winning the World Cup was one of them! I want to know what your dreams are. Comment below with the dream you’re chasing after. #JustDoIt #TeamNikeA post shared by Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) on Jul 12, 2018 at 4:25pm PDT“Obviously, with the national team, I’m away for a couple weeks at a time, all the time. So we’ve gotten used to that,” Morgan told the Orlando Sentinel.They’ve also gotten used to winning, and Morgan is aiming to add another World Cup to the family mantle.Mallory Pugh and Dansby SwansonMallory Pugh is on her way to her first World Cup and her beau Dansby Swanson is one of the faces leading the Atlanta Braves this season. Was totally fangirling today. 👫A post shared by Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) on Aug 29, 2018 at 8:53pm PDT“I watch her games, and she watches my games. We definitely make it work,” Carrasco told Pro Soccer USA.And after Morgan’s World Cup win in 2015, he was right there, ready to celebrate with her. The Orlando Pride defender and goalkeeper went public with their relationship for the first time in March and announced their engagement.Congratulations to Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris! The #NWSL and U.S. standouts are engaged to be married https://t.co/RZKCxQagoM— Planet Fútbol (@si_soccer) March 13, 2019Called in together to represent the USWNT in 2010, the pair have been together for nearly a decade.“Here we are nine years later, and we’re going to be getting married this year,” Harris told People.MORE: ‘Burden’ of secrecy lifted, Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris ready for World Cup togetherlast_img read more