Just one day after “Merica’s” birthday the US women’s soccer team routed Japan 5-2 in a rematch of 2011’s World Cup final in Frankfurt, Germany. The American gals clearly had unfinished business to attend to. The 2011 Women’s World Cup Final left them heartbroken because they loss to Japan 3-2 in the dreaded penalty shootout (3-1). That very image of Japan hoisting the World Cup trophy haunted our girls for four years. This year’s team had a plethora of superstars on it: M/F Alex Morgan, goalie Hope Solo, forward Abby Wambach, midfielder Megan Rapinoe, and defender Julie Johnston. Now they are champions of the world and were clearly the most well rounded team in the tournament!!!
The US women’s national team has always been a juggernaut as far as the footballing world is concerned. The worst they have placed in any World Cup is 3rd. The USA women won the inaugural World Cup in 1991 lead by soccer legend Mia Hamm, Michelle Akers, Julie Foudy, Kristine Lilly and Coach Tony DiCicco. The Americans won again in 1999 lead by Mia Hamm and the image of Brandi Chastain infamously scoring the game-winning penalty and taking her jersey off in shear joy is something that will forever be in-stitched in the annals of time! Many of the members of the current team were in elementary school when that happened. So that very moment was definitely a huge factor in many of the current ladies wanting to become pro soccer players. One of the most remarkable players on this year’s team, Christie Rampone, who was part of the 1999 winning World Cup team known then by her maiden name Chrisitie Pearce. Now she has returned to Graceland as she was a key contributor of in the women winning this World Cup in Canada!!!
Now this year’s team has set the precedent for not only future female soccer stars, but also future male soccer studs. Since the Women’s World Cup started AYSO (a youth soccer organization) saw 250,000 more participants in the soccer leagues this summer. I am sure that fact will not only help keep kids fit, but also spark a young person to dare to be great! Soccer or football as they call it around the world (seems more fitting) isn’t really respected around the world especially on the male side. So it is good that the USWNT continues to break the mold and prove that the development of players is quality stateside as well. Even international soccer rockstars are coming to the MLS to promote the game in America. Names like Thierry Henry, David Villa, Robbie Keane, David Beckham, Kaka, and Frank Lampard are bringing their talents to the states on the tail end of their primes! Now the women need a league with a national media contract to really exploit the talents these ladies possess beyond international play. Today in New York City a huge parade will be held in honor of their tremendous accomplishment as World Cup Champions!!! After the smoke settles the women will begin preparing for the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro. Once again congratulations ladies on being the world’s best! -BoSo
Highlights of the final USA vs. Japan
Today’s Parade in honor of the girls
An old school commercial featuruing soccer legend Mia Hamm and Michael Jordan; two Tar Heel alums
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