UPDATED 7/18: It’s time to tune in. United States women play Japan for World Cup on Sunday

Posted on 07/15/11 No Comments

SI Photo - US Women's Team Celebrates win to reach finals


This is one of those times when it’s okay to say “Hey, you made it to the finals, it’s good just to be there.” While that may help us fans who are still reeling from what can only be described as a baffling loss, it would be little consolation to the great team of women who took the field on our country’s behalf yesterday. The PK period just … well … didn’t go our way. Still, it was a fun series of games to watch and like we said in this original post, let’s hope it creates some more momentum for women’s soccer here in America.


On Sunday at 2:45 p.m. the U.S. Women will play Japan for the 2011 Women’s World Cup championship. The game is on ESPN.

Even though we are ranked #1 in the world, this tournament was no cakewalk. More than that, it’s contained some of the greatest goals and hard-fought wins seen at any level of competitive soccer in some time. What’s been great about watching this team play is that it’s been easy to tell that they are not relying on their talent or on-field reputation. They are backing it up with a bold spirit and respect for the sanctity of the World Cup.

This is an exciting time to be a fan of soccer in our country, and throughout the Triangle, which has a firm connection to national soccer. We have sent players to the team (Tobin Heath and Heather O’Reilly played at UNC-Chapel Hill), hosted both the men and the women prior to critical match-ups (the ladies played Japan here in Cary’s WakeMed Soccer Park before they left for Germany) and continue to serve as a regional hotbed for the sport.

Very unfortunately, this brief tournament, albeit the world’s most prominent, is for most of these players their only time to have the national spotlight cast on them. In short, women’s soccer needs, yet again, a renaissance in our country. It happened after the 1999 victory, let’s hope it happens again, regardless of what happens on Sunday.

Go get ’em.

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