Meet Mexican international Arianna Romero

Here are 22 things you may not know about star defender Arianna Romero.

1. Arianna Romero was born on the 29th of July in 1992 and is 5"3 tall.

Arianna Romero

2. Romero is a tough competitor who loves a sliding challenge.

Arianna Romero

3. Her Instagram handle is @ari_sombrero.

Olympic qualifiers start today!! Games will be streaming online NBC Sports 🤗🙌🏽 Partido contra Puerto Rico hoy!! #vamosmexico #gameday

A video posted by Arianna 'Ari' Romero (@ari_sombrero) on Feb 10, 2016 at 9:19am PST

4. The defender's full name is Arianna "Ari" Jeanette Romero Téllez, and she was born in Glendale, Arizona.

Glendale

5. Arianna is a proud Mexican, with both of her parents hailing from there.

Well said👌🏽 No place I'd rather be!! #Repost @veronicaperez17 with @repostapp. ・・・ Me da Escalofríos - que sensación de jugar para tu país // What a feeling 🇲🇽 #Pasión @ari_sombrero @bfromthe_bayy

A photo posted by Arianna 'Ari' Romero (@ari_sombrero) on Aug 14, 2015 at 10:28am PDT



6. Romero is on FIFA 17 as a right-back for the Mexican Women's National Team.

Hasta en el video juego es igual de hermosa @ari_sombrero. #teamariromero #trifemenil

A video posted by Arianna Jeanette Romero Téllez (@ariromerofans) on Sep 17, 2015 at 11:12pm PDT



7. Romero played for Icelandic club íBV.



8. Romero attended the University of Nebraska, where she enjoyed a successful college career. She was influential throughout their Big 10 Conference Championship season in 2013.

Happy. Proud. Love. Humble #BTC #NEBZ

A photo posted by Arianna 'Ari' Romero (@ari_sombrero) on Nov 1, 2013 at 6:33pm PDT



9. Arianna joined National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) expansion club Houston Dash in 2014 and played 21 games for the side.

Gameday!!!! Watch us take on the Portland Thorns live on ESPN2 at 7 PT. Playing in front of a packed house tonight letsssggooooo!!! #DashOn #lovethegame

A photo posted by Arianna 'Ari' Romero (@ari_sombrero) on Aug 3, 2014 at 2:15pm PDT



10. Romero won Bronze at the 2012 U20's Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) tournament in Panama & Silver in the 2010 competition in Guatemala.

México 2 Columbia 0. Ganamos el ORO🏆so proud #lovemyteam

A photo posted by Arianna 'Ari' Romero (@ari_sombrero) on Nov 27, 2014 at 10:10pm PST

11. Arianna met NBA icon Kobe Bryant.

Got to meet @kobebryant after one of our soccer games! In honor of the legend's last game in my city 👏🏽 #respect

A photo posted by Arianna 'Ari' Romero (@ari_sombrero) on Mar 23, 2016 at 6:53pm PDT

12. Romero played against World Champions, the United States Women's National team, earlier this year in a CONCACAF Olympic Qualifier.

No place I'd rather be - on the pitch with my teammates representing MÉXICO. 🇲🇽 No es fácil aceptar el resultado. Solo podemos aprender y seguir trabajando en nuestro equipo y seguir adelante #somosunidas

A photo posted by Arianna 'Ari' Romero (@ari_sombrero) on Feb 17, 2016 at 1:45pm PST

13. Arianna has a huge fan base, which includes 10.8K followers on Instagram two fan pages - @ariromerofans and @ariromero_fanpage.

@ari_sombrero ya esta en Australia incorporada con su nuevo equipo @perthglorywomen. En menos de una semana debutará en la @wleague de Australia. Te deseamos suerte y triunfo en tu debut. #teamariromero

A photo posted by Arianna Jeanette Romero Téllez (@ariromerofans) on Oct 31, 2016 at 8:08pm PDT



14. Romero always has time for fans.

Last home game tonight vs Sky Blue at 8pm!! Please come support your Dash on Military appreciation night🇺🇸🇺🇸 stick around for the meet'n greet after!! I'll see ya there 😄

A photo posted by Arianna 'Ari' Romero (@ari_sombrero) on Aug 9, 2014 at 10:25am PDT



15. Arianna is very close with her family.

"A measure of greatness is not what you do when you face easy opponents. It's what you do when faced with your greatest opponent. Whatever happens in this game, I am glad we could be a part of it. With love. Patti." They have faith in me, so why shouldn't I? With support like this, the sky is the limit!! Back to work #thankyou #dreamchasing #fam #somosmexico

A photo posted by Arianna 'Ari' Romero (@ari_sombrero) on Sep 4, 2013 at 5:24am PDT


16. Romero played in the 2015 FIFA World Cup for Mexico in Canada.

Defensa de MÉXICO 🚧 ready to fight every minute with these girls👊🏽 #youcantsitwithus #somosmexico

A photo posted by Arianna 'Ari' Romero (@ari_sombrero) on May 29, 2015 at 8:49pm PDT

17. Romero played against United States Women's National Team (USWNT) superstar Alex Morgan in 2014.

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18. Arianna saved this certain goal for her team in Iceland.

I've convinced myself that not having a 'thigh gap' isn't that big of a deal .... 🙅🏽🚼 #hurtingontheinsidetho #bittersweet #soccergirlprobs

A video posted by Arianna 'Ari' Romero (@ari_sombrero) on May 14, 2016 at 2:48pm PDT

19. Romero graduated from the University of Nebraska last year.

Congrats to all my fellow graduates... We made it!! I am truly blessed to be a Nebraska Alumni. To my precious parents, thank you for the unconditional love and support you have given me to achieve all my dreams. Here's to the next chapter 🍻🍾😄graduación con mi padres! #sisepudo #bittersweet #gbr #dab

A photo posted by Arianna 'Ari' Romero (@ari_sombrero) on Dec 19, 2015 at 4:12pm PST


20. Arianna played against USWNT legend and World Cup winner Heather O'Reilly. 

21. Romero served as a volunteer soccer coach in Iceland.

22. In 2013, Arianna won Big 10 Conference Defender of the Year and was picked in the Second-Team National Soccer Coache's Association of America (NSCAA) All-America squad.