Since 2008, the United States Women’s Soccer Team (USWNT) has been the powerhouse in Women’s International Soccer, sitting at #1 in the FIFA World Rankings. Female soccer icons akin to Abby Wambach, Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain, Hope Solo, Julie Foudy, and Kristine Lilly have come and gone, making their mark on the soccer group and bringing the ladies’s facet to the worldwide stage. They had been the true trailblazers for ladies’s soccer, creating worldwide competitors and arguably triggering different international locations to create and make investments in their feminine packages. Women’s soccer was solely just lately embraced in the 90s, and slowly sexism and stigmatization have pale out, and the beloved recreation for ladies is being taken critically. The United States definitely set the fireplace, however different international locations have caught up and are prepared to take the torch.
The United States began on a nasty be aware, dropping 3-0 to a constant rival, Sweden, in the Tokyo Olympics this summer time. Looking sloppy and disconnected, the reigning world champions couldn’t discover the again of the online or hold the ball out of theirs. As a outcome, their 44-game profitable streak got here to a screeching halt and was absolutely a slap in the face. Their subsequent group stage recreation was a dominating 6-1 win over New Zealand. Then they performed Australia and, after 120 minutes of play, tied 0-0, making it into the quarterfinals.
The Netherlands gave the United States gals a run for his or her cash, sending the sport into additional time and drawing 2-2 i…