US soccer star’s adorable son steals the show at the World Cup, plays in confetti on the field

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.

18 PHOTOSJessica McDonald and her son at the 2019 World CupSee GalleryJessica McDonald and her son at the 2019 World CupLYON, FRANCE – JULY 07: Jessica McDonald of the USA celebrates with her son Jeremiah following her team’s victory in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final match between The United States of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)LYON, FRANCE – JULY 07:Jessica McDonald of the USA celebrates victory with her son Jeremiah following the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final match between The United States of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)LYON, FRANCE – JULY 07:Jessica McDonald of the USA celebrates victory with her son Jeremiah following the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final match between The United States of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)LYON, FRANCE – JULY 07: Jessica McDonald of the USA celebrates with her son Jeremiah following her team’s victory in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final match between The United States of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)LYON, FRANCE – JULY 07: Jessica McDonald of the USA celebrates with her son Jeremiah following her team’s victory in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final match between The United States of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)LYON, FRANCE – JULY 07: Jessica McDonald of the USA celebrates with her son Jeremiah following her team’s victory in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final match between The United States of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)LYON, FRANCE – JULY 07: Jessica McDonald of the USA celebrates with her son Jeremiah following her team’s victory in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final match between The United States of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)LYON, FRANCE – JULY 07: Jessica McDonald of the USA celebrates with her son Jeremiah following her team’s victory in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final match between The United States of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)USA’s Jessica McDonald with son Jeremiah after winning the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 USA v Netherlands – FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 – Final – Stade de Lyon 07-07-2019 . (Photo by Richard Sellers/EMPICS/PA Images via Getty Images)LYON, FRANCE – JULY 07: Jessica McDonald of the USA celebrates with her son Jeremiah following her team’s victory in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final match between The United States of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)USA’s Jessica McDonald (right) celebrates with her son Jeremiah after the final whistle USA v Netherlands – FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 – Final – Stade de Lyon 07-07-2019 . (Photo byJohn Walton/EMPICS/PA Images via Getty Images)PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 28: Jessica McDonald holds her son Jeremiah after the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Quarter Final match between France and USA at Parc des Princes on June 28, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Maddie Meyer – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)LYON, FRANCE – JULY 07:Jessica McDonald of the USA poses for a photo with her son Jeremiah following the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final match between The United States of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)USA’s Jessica McDonald (left) celebrates with her son Jeremiah after the final whistle after the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 Final at the Stade de Lyon, Lyon, France. (Photo by PA Wire/PA Images via Getty Images)My kid has no clue. One day, he will! 🇺🇸🙌🏽🥰🦁❤️We did it, bud!!! 🇺🇸 #WorldChampsTwo more days, bud! 🇺🇸Hey bud, we’re heading to Lyon!Up Next

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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. 

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.”

21 PHOTOSUSWNT highlights from the Women's World CupSee GalleryUSWNT highlights from the Women's World CupLYON, FRANCE – JULY 07:Sari Van Veenendaal of the Netherlands reaches for the ball as Rose Lavelle of the USA scores her team’s second goal during the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final match between The United States of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Richard Heathcote – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)LYON, FRANCE – JULY 07:Alex Morgan of the USA is fouled by Stefanie Van der Gragt of the Netherlands leading to a penalty during the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final match between The United States of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)LYON, FRANCE – JULY 07:Megan Rapinoe of the USA celebrates with teammate Alex Morgan after scoring her team’s first goalduring the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final match between The United States of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Alex Caparros – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)LYON, FRANCE – JULY 07:Megan Rapinoe of the USA celebrates with teammates after scoring her team’s first goal during the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final match between The United State of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Naomi Baker – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)United States’ Alex Morgan, left, competes for the ball against France’s Elise Bussaglia during the Women’s World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between France and the United States at the Parc des Princes, in Paris, Friday, June 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)United States goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher (1) deflects the ball away from France’s Valerie Gauvin during the Women’s World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between France and the United States at the Parc des Princes, in Paris, Friday, June 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)United States’ Megan Rapinoe celebrates after scoring her side’s second goal during the Women’s World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between France and the United States at the Parc des Princes, in Paris, Friday, June 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)Players of England celebrate after winning the Women’s World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Norway and England at the Oceane stadium in Le Havre, France, Thursday, June 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)United States’ Kelley O Hara leaps over Sweden’s Kosovare Asllani during the Women’s World Cup Group F soccer match between Sweden and the United States at Stade Océane, in Le Havre, France, Thursday, June 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 16: Julie Ertz of USA #8 celebrates her goal with Mallory Pugh, Lindsey Horan, Morgan Brian during the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France group F match between USA and Chile at Parc des Princes stadium on June 16, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)LE HAVRE, FRANCE – JUNE 20: Lindsey Horan of the USA scores her team’s first goal the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France group F match between Sweden and USA at Stade Oceane on June 20, 2019 in Le Havre, France. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)United States’ Carli Lloyd, center, celebrates with teammates after scoring their side’s third goal during the Women’s World Cup Group F soccer match between United States and Chile at Parc des Princes in Paris, France, Sunday, June 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)Chile goalkeeper Claudia Endler lunges for the ball to make a safe during the Women’s World Cup Group F soccer match between United States and Chile at Parc des Princes in Paris, France, Sunday, June 16, 2019. US won 3-0. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)United States’ Carli Lloyd celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Women’s World Cup Group F soccer match between the United States and Chile at the Parc des Princes in Paris, Sunday, June 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)United States’ Carli Lloyd, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal during the Women’s World Cup Group F soccer match between United States and Chile at Parc des Princes in Paris, France, Sunday, June 16, 2019. Lloyd scored twice in US’ 3-0 victory. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)United States’ Megan Rapinoe, right, congratulates teammate Alex Morgan after scoring her fifth goal during the Women’s World Cup Group F soccer match between the United States and Thailand at the Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims, France, Tuesday, June 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)United States’ Alex Morgan, centre, scores her team’s fifth goal during the Women’s World Cup Group F soccer match between the United States and Thailand at the Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims, France, Tuesday, June 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)REIMS, FRANCE – JUNE 11: Mallory Pugh of USA shots to goal during the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France group F match between USA and Thailand at Stade Auguste Delaune on June 11, 2019 in Reims, France. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)REIMS, FRANCE – JUNE 11: Megan Rapinoe of United States of America celebrates with the supporters after the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France group F match between USA and Thailand at Stade Auguste Delaune on June 11, 2019 in Reims, France. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)REIMS, FRANCE – JUNE 11: Mallory Pugh of the USA celebrates after scoring her team’s eleventh goal during the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France group F match between USA and Thailand at Stade Auguste Delaune on June 11, 2019 in Reims, France. (Photo by Cathrin Mueller – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)REIMS, FRANCE – JUNE 11: Final score on the scoreboard after the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France group F match between USA and Thailand at Stade Auguste Delaune on June 11, 2019 in Reims, France. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)Up Next

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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.”

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