For soccer players Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris, who first met on the field in 2010, their connection was instantaneous. A decade later, the two officially confirmed to People that they're engaged and planning their wedding for the end of the year.
The couple's relationship started out as a friendship and kicked off when they were both playing for the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team. Krieger admitted she was first attracted to Harris' "creativity and ambition." "I find that so attractive, and the way that she makes me a better person. I think that I'm very quiet and reserved," she said. "Since being with Ash, I really feel like I've blossomed into the woman that I want to be, and she's helped me become the woman I am."
Although Harris and Krieger kept their relationship mostly under wraps, it didn't stop fans from speculating. The reason for the secrecy? "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 said. "And that was most important for us."
However, Harris thought it was the right time to take the next step in their relationship on September 15 while the two were having a picnic in Clearwater Beach. She proposed with a round-cut, solitaire ring, which Krieger showed off in an Instagram post. "It was just us and this beautiful scenery, and I was just like…she was making me laugh, she wanted me to take pictures, and here I am," Harris said. "This is what I'm gonna be doing the rest of my life. It just all froze and I was like, 'this is it.'"