Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/21/12
Bryce Harper loves him some soccer –– or at least BYU’s soccer program. But it’s because the Nationals outfielder is dating one of the team’s standouts, Karla Varner. Harper recently tweeted a picture of him and his girlfriend shortly after Varner scored in a penalty kick shootout to help propel the Cougars to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament. After watching Varner come through under pressure, the National League Rookie of the Year certainly celebrated like a proud boyfriend. “And my girl ‪@kayvarner wins it for ‪@byusoccer_w! One of the Craziest games I’ve watched in a long time! ‪#Elite8,” Harper tweeted. Varner, a sophomore at BYU, hails from Harper’s home state –– Nevada. She was named the state’s high school Player of the Year in 2009 and 2011, showing that she can keep up with Harper’s athletic achievements. At the moment, the most famous baseball/soccer power couple is former Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra and Mia Hamm. But if Harper and Varner continue to make strides and stay together, watch out. And my girl @kayvarner wins it for @byusoccer_w! One of the Craziest games I’ve watched in a long time! #Elite8 twitter.com/Bharper3407/st… — Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) November 18, 2012
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