Jessica McDonald celebrated the U.S. women's soccer team win at the World Cup with her teammates on Sunday, but there was one notable addition on the field. Her adorable 7-year-old son, Jeremiah, nearly stole the show as he showered his mom in blue and gold confetti.
McDonald, 31, shared a touching photo of the moment on Instagram with the caption, "We did it, bud!!! 🇺🇸 #WorldChamps," on Monday. Later she shared a second photo of the two holding up the World Cup trophy on the field with the capation, "My kid has no clue. One day, he will! 🇺🇸🙌🏽🥰🦁❤️"
"He doesn’t fully understand, but at least he’s an age right now where he’s actually going to remember this," McDonald told The Associated Press. "He’s going to look back and be like, 'Wow, I was there. Wow, my mom is actually cool – like she said.'"
McDonald, who is generally pretty tight-lipped about her private life, is the only mom of 23 athletes on the team. In fact, she's one of only seven women who are mothers in the National Women’s Soccer League.
Throughout the World Cup, however, she shared many sweet moments with her son on social media, including a video of their reunion when he first arrived in France to support her several victories.
— Jessica McDonald (@J_Mac1422) June 26, 2019
She shared another video of a sweet mother-son moment at the World Cup arena that included a peek at their "secret handshake."
McDonald has been vocal in the past about her struggles with balancing soccer and being a mom. While in France, the U.S. Soccer Federation paid for a nanny to assist with child care, as they do for all of the moms in the league while on they're on the road, but there isn't much else support.
“There hasn’t been any positive steps for moms in the NWSL,” McDonald explained to The Associated Press. “Now we’re kind of getting our heads together, getting ideas together, and so now we can start somewhere as moms. ... Child care is not cheap. And if you look at our paychecks and you look at child care, there goes our paycheck. How are we going to eat? So yeah, it’s needs to change. We need to do something about it, being helped financially at least.”
McDonald's teammate Crystal Dunn spoke highly of her and her ability to have a family as well as take on the grueling hours of training needed to play at the international level. She also believed McDonald could be an inspiration to other aspiring mothers in the league.
"Her ability to balance life is just incredible and I think, hopefully, going forward more women choose her route and not feel like they have to choose their career over having a family," Dunn said. "I think the new generation is going to feel like they have the option of doing both.”