There’s nothing more iconic in the world of sporting than when two super stars find love off the field. Therefore, we couldn’t be happier for Matildas captain Sam Kerr and US soccer player Kristie Mewis, who are now engaged after two years of dating.
Of course, they have been rivals on the soccer pitch numerous times and that puts somewhat of a strain on their relationship. “It’s so hard to want someone to lose when you love them so much,” Sam explained to Esquire Australia in December 2023.
But, ultimately, love conquers all and the couple never lets their professional lives get in the way of their relationship. “Football is a big part of my life, but it’s definitely not my whole life,” Sam continued.
“It’s my job. People think that I come home from my game and sit there and think about it and talk about it. That is definitely not the case.”
From meeting at the Olympics to jet-setting across the world together to now getting engaged, here’s a comprehensive look back at this perfect match.
Who is Sam Kerr’s fiancée?
Sam Kerr’s fiancee is Kristie Mewis, an American women’s soccer player. The 32-year-old, who plays the position of midfielder, has represented the US on the national stage in the Olympics and at the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Currently, Kristie plays for Gotham FC, a professional women’s team based in New York.
How long have Sam Kerr and Kristie Mewis been dating?
Sam and Kristie were first linked back in 2021 during the Tokyo Olympic Games where the US Women’s National Team defeated the Matildas. Pictures of Sam and Kristie sitting together on the field after the game sparked rumours that the pair were dating.
Just days later, Sam confirmed the rumours when she posted a polaroid of herself and Kristie kissing on her Instagram with the caption: “❤️ @kmewis19.”
From then on, the soccer superstars would make regular appearances on each others’ Instagram feeds.
At the end of 2021, the couple would once again go head-to-head during a two-game series held in Sydney. Despite their on-field rivalry, Sam and Kristie were nothing but loved up on Instagram with the pair sharing snaps of their escapades around Sydney.
At the start of 2023, Kristie and Sam gave a rare insight into their relationship in an interview where they revealed they first met when they had to quarantine together in 2020 after months of talking online.
“It was about three or four months until we could hang out in person. The first time we ever met there was quarantine so we had to spend two weeks together the first time we met. I was thinking if I don’t like her this is going to be awkward,” Sam told Gaffer.
Sam, who resides in London to play for Chelsea FC also touched on how the couple combat a long distance relationship.
“We set little milestones and we make time during the week where we’ll watch the same show and FaceTime or have dinner together or something.
“But it’s tough. I think the thing that keeps us going is that we can see an end point.”
Sam and Kristie once again resumed their on-field rivalry when their teams went head-to-head during the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia. Whilst Kristie’s US team was knocked out in round 16 in a match against Sweden, Sam and the Matildas went on to make it to the semi-finals.
Are Sam Kerr and Kristie Mewis engaged?
Yes, Sam Kerr and Kristie Mewis are engaged as of September 1, 2023 according to the Matildas captain’s Instagram.
Following the FIFA Women’s World Cup, Sam and Kristie enjoyed some downtime – regularly posting snaps of one another to their respective Instagram pages. However, when eagle-eyed fans spotted Kristie sporting a ginormous rock on her wedding finger, rumours began swirling that the soccer stars were secretly engaged.
Whilst the couple would continue to post not-so-subtle hints they were engaged, Kristie publicly confirmed the happy news at the beginning of November 2023 in an interview with People saying,
“[She’s] my biggest supporter, always listening to me nag and complain all, all of my crazy antics.”
On November 21, 2023, Sam dropped pictures of the proposal on her Instagram revealing their engagement date to be September 1, 2023. The Matildas captain’s comment section was quickly flooded with support from stars and friends.
“A spectacular moment in time you two,” wrote sports writer Mel McLaughlin.
“Here they are…love you guys x,” added Matildas goalie Mackenzie Arnold.
With the pair’s demanding schedules and careers, there is currently no concrete details on their impending nuptials as of yet.