Julie Ertz: The Journey Of Getting Her Game Back

Julie Ertz

On this 20th of July, the world will again witness Julie Ertz at the center field, in the place she belongs. With thousands of fans cheering at the stands in Auckland, New Zealand, she will make a comeback, long-coveted by her fans.

But this journey of her comeback has been competitive and full of uncertainties since she gave birth to her son in August 2022. With the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup knocking on the door, she did not want to waste time to get back in form and boost her fitness level.

Keeping her journey discreet, Julie got in touch with Matt Midkiff and Paul Taylor during her stay in Arizona. These two coaches were the best choices for her as they guided her through the transformation to “College All-American” from a prodigy in her preteens.

Under the guidance of these two coaches, Julie Ertz joined the Phoenix Rising club. This club plays in the United Soccer League and has a “Major League Soccer Academy Program.” She began her journey toward a comeback by training with the under-19 boys’ team of the club.

Paul Taylor says that Julie Ertz had set a high standard for herself from the very first conversation regarding her comeback and desire to play in the third world cup of her career. She was even determined to be back on the field as a better version of herself and not just how she used to perform in the field. She wanted to be the best version of herself this time.

Ertz sounded resolute when she said, “I know the expectation and standards that this team has.” She further added that she did not want to join any camp before she was completely sure of herself about being able to compete in a tournament.

Following the injuries of Becky Sauerbrunn, the captain and defender of the U.S. National Team, and Midfielder Sam Mewis, Julie felt even more motivated to be back in the team. She acknowledged that she had an important role to play in the Women’s FIFA World Cup 2023.

Still, she missed out on the SheBelieves Cup training camp, which eventually made Vlatko Andonovski, the U.S. coach comment, “Time is running out for her.”

But she remained committed and, by March, managed to impress the staff members of the national team with her performance in Phoenix Rising. During the end of the month, on Andovoski’s call, she was part of the training camp and made it to the roster of 23 players for the 2023 World Cup.

After a few days, she played the final game for the club before joining the National team. She was in the field for 97 minutes, further bolstering her comeback.

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