USWNT Player Allie Long Says She Was Burglarized During World Cup Celebration Tour


The U.S. Women’s National Team had a busy day Wednesday, riding in a ticker-tape parade through New York City and being awarded “Best Team” at the ESPYs in Los Angeles.

But amid the celebrations and parties, one member of the World Cup-winning soccer team discovered that her hotel room was burglarized while she was in LA.

Midfielder Allie Long tweeted Thursday that several personal items were taken from her hotel room, including her wedding ring and a key to the city presented earlier in the day by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Long, a native of Long Island, referred to the stolen New York item as “the key to my favorite city” and asked de Blasio if she could get a replacement.

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Teammate Alex Morgan tweeted how upset she was that this happened, while de Blasio said he would get Long another key.

The USWNT stayed at a Ritz-Carlton in downtown LA, according to KABC-TV,  and the room was burglarized when Long and her husband left Wednesday night. They realized the items were missing Thursday.

There was no sign of forced entry because the door had been left slightly ajar, the report said. The Los Angeles Police Department is reviewing video from the hotel.

Long has been a member of the USWNT since 2014, and her first major tournament was the 2016 Olympics. She appeared in one game during this year’s World Cup, playing 31 minutes and picking up a yellow card in a group stage game against Chile.

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For her USWNT career, Long has scored six goals in 46 appearances. She also plays for the Reign FC of Takoma, Washington, in the National Women’s Soccer League.

Long is the second player from a recent championship-winning team to get robbed on a celebratory tour.

Danny Green, formerly of the Toronto Raptors, said he was robbed in Vancouver just days after the Raptors’ NBA championship celebration, CBC reported.

While checking out a map with some friends in an Airbnb, Green said, book bags were stolen from his vehicle. The bags contained laptops, electronics and cash, according to CBC.

Green and his friends went searching for the bags around the neighborhood but had no luck in finding them, the report said. An investigator from the Vancouver Police Department is looking into the theft.

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Ross Kelly has been a sportswriter since 2009.
Ross Kelly has been a sportswriter since 2009 and previously worked for ESPN, CBS and STATS Inc. A native of Louisiana, Ross now resides in Houston.
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