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Dad proud of his World Cup daughter, Ali Krieger

Wednesday - 7/13/2011, 5:22am  ET

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United States' Ali Krieger, right, drinks water on the hot pitch during the matchday -1 training of the United States on the eve of the semifinal match against France during the Women's Soccer World Cup in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Tuesday, July 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Darci Marchese,

WASHINGTON - Most folks have heard by now that 26-year-old Ali Krieger of Manassas is behind the golden kick that advanced the U.S. women in the World Cup on Sunday.

WTOP spoke with Krieger's dad, Ken, of Manassas, from his hotel in Germany about the flurry of events.

"I think proud is an understatement," he says. "I'm just really happy for her and excited for the moment that will hopefully come in the future."

The sight of his daughter landing the penalty kick is forever embedded in his mind, he says. But he still can't get enough of it.

"We've been watching the replay and I've watched it twice now and both times I cried."

Krieger says his daughter is excited, but taking it in stride.

"She's kind of, like, whelmed, you know? I won't say overwhelmed. She's just whelmed with the excitement and the idea."

He adds his daughter will probably downplay what she accomplished.

"She'd be the first one to say 'Look, it's just my job. I go up, I got to put the penalty kick in. [The coach] asked me if I would do it, and I said yeah.'"

Krieger says the adrenaline is flowing and the team is confident going up against France on Wednesday.

"They all feel now that they can win this tournament," he says.

Krieger says Ali has a birthday coming up. She turns 27 at the end of July. He says Ali and his son were born in Alexandria, but they grew up in Manassas and still call it home.

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