Julie Johnston is an American soccer player. A FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion, Julie Johnston plays in midfield for the United States national women’s team and for the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women’s Soccer League. Julie has produced amazing statistics in her professional career. So far, the USA women’s national team has not lost a single game in which it has started. Read on to learn more about her and her career.
Julie Johnston Bio
Ms. Ertz was born on April 6, 1992, as Julie Beth Johnston in Mesa, Arizona, as the daughter of her parents Kristi and David Johnston. Influenced by her older sister Melanie Johnston, who is a soccer player, Julie fell in love with the sport at the age of 4 but began to take it seriously at 8.
Johnston attended Dobson High School in Mesa (2000 – 2006). Although she did not play on the school’s soccer team, she decided to play for the Sereno Soccer Club in Phoenix. Throughout her time in high school, Johnston volunteered as a student sports coach.
Julie Johnston with Zach Ertz, Husband/Boyfriend
Julie Johnston married NFL player Zach Ertz in March 2017. The two had met through a mutual friend during their college years in 2012. They both attended a baseball game at Stanford, where Ertz was training for the college soccer team during his time in college.
Johnston was attending nearby Santa Clara University at the time, where she studied communications while playing football for the Santa Broncos.
Their relationship became a long-distance relationship when Ertz was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013. Ertz celebrated his design by asking his Nike representative to send Julie a fresh pair of cleats with his number and initials on them.
“We’re on the same side as the athletes in our career in terms of the motivation we have, so we made that connection right away,” Johnston told PEOPLE Magazine about their relationship.
After about 5 years of dating, Ertz took Johnston to the Stanford University stadium where he first met her and proposed to her. Their wedding took place on March 26, 2017, at Bacara Resorts Santa Barbara.
Her wedding was congratulated by a number of athletes including her national and NWSL teammates Christen Press, Alyssa Naeher, Sofia Huerta, and Jen Hoy. Some of the Ertz Eagles teammates present included Jordan Hicks, Jordan Matthews, Lane Johnson, and Nick Foles. His former Standford teammate Ryan Hewitt, who now plays for the Cincinnati Bengals, was also present.
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What an amazing day celebrating our love. @brittrenephoto you capture our love in every photo! I can't wait to see the rest. @zachertz my wonderful husband thank you for everything, for loving me unconditionally, for your amazing friendship and for trying to keep up with me on the dance floor. Yesterday was EPIC! #soinloveitERTZ #mrsertz #TheKnot
Among the special features of the wedding were the custom-made lattes with the respective sports.
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Honored to be a part of the @JulieJohnston2 and @ZachErtz wedding at @BacaraResortSB in Santa Barbara. ⚽️ and 🏈 custom lattes for this power couple 💪🏼 #zachertz #juliejohnston #soccer #football #wedding @ussoccer_wnt @chicagoredstars @philadelphiaeagles #california #santabarbara @kelseyevents #soinloveitertz
After their wedding, the newlyweds flew to Hawaii for their honeymoon.
Zach Ertz was born on November 10, 1990, in Orange California. He is the oldest of four children. Zach followed in the footsteps of his father, who played college football for Lehigh University. Zach attended Monte Vista High School in Danville, California.