I’m sure by now you have heard about this amazing group of athletes, the new comeback kids: the U.S. Women’s National Team. At least I hope so — after stunning victories against Brazil and France in the quarters and semis, the ladies landed a photograph on the front page of the New York Times. Take that, men’s side (and thanks for blowing it against Mexico in the Gold Cup — that was fun to watch).
Now everyone and their mother is on the USWNT bandwagon (except my roomie Christine, who is completely oblivious to sports, in a good way), and for once, I don’t mind. Keeper Hope Solo (and my newest girl crush) even tweeted: “Go ahead, jump on the bandwagon and let’s do this together.” And you should: moments like this are hard to come by.
I’ve been looking forward to this tournament since the men’s World Cup ended last summer, but I didn’t expect to get so caught up in it. I’ve even watched the replays of matches with my favorite teams on ESPN3, since I don’t have cable and all. And even though the Americans have stumbled along the way (2-1 loss to Sweden, what up), I’m excited (and nervous!!) beyond belief now that they’ve made it to the final.
Are you going to be watching the final? I’m heading to Times Square to watch it, and while it’s not the same as watching at home like I did in ’99, it’s still pretty epic. Go U.S.A.!
This American attitude of pulling everything together and bringing out the best performance in each other is contagious. ~ Coach Pia Sundhage