Watching the US Women’s Soccer team kill the clock during the last six minutes of the match made my stomach upset and had me wanting to bite my nails. Hearing the crowd shouting “USA” while the team is in Paris playing the host team, France, is pretty surreal. Hearing the announcers exclaim, “AND THE US ADVANCES” felt pretty damn good.
Our US women’s team is in the Women’s World Cup semifinals for the eighth consecutive time.
Yes, US won the match by a score of 2 to 1, knocking France out of the tournament. Admittedly, that is kind of sad, France does have an amazing team. Especially because they were hoping to be the first country to hold both the men’s and women’s World Cup titles at the same time.
Some are saying that this match was the one to watch, even more so than the World Cup Finals will be. Over 45,000 people sat in the 95 degree heat to watch these women show the world what a real athlete looks like. While those numbers might seem low, it is important to note that online viewership is SOARING. In Brazil, more than 35 million people tuned in to watch Marta and team in their round-of-16 when they lost to France.
Yep, 35 million people in just ONE country, imagine the rating across the world.
So, what do we know?
- Dare we call her the “lesbian goddess,” like Deadspin? I mean it is pride month, and I am awfully proud of her and the team. The star of the game? All the women played hard, but Megan Rapinoe scored both of the goals this afternoon. She gets the nod in this one.
- My girl Tobin Heath fired the ball into the goal around the 75th minute of the game, but her teammate Crystal Dunn was called offsides. It wasn’t the best call if you ask me. Heath also continued her fancy footwork with a cross that set Rapinoe up for her second goal of this match and the fifth goal of the tournament.
- Sam Mewis had a good game, keeping France’s goalie Sarah Bouhaddi on her toes.
- Kelly Ohara is a ROCK, just ask Amel Majri. Yikes!
- Lindsey Horan did not make the starting lineup for the second game in a row; betcha she gets prime playing time during the World Cup Final match.
- Off the field, the US women are still fighting a battle in terms of salary. There is a $730,000 gender pay gap in US World Cup bonuses [source]
Next game for the US women will be on Tuesday, July 2 versus England at 3 p.m. ET
On Wednesday, July 3 Germany/Sweden vs. Italy/Netherlands, 3 p.m. ET
The final World Cup match will be held on Sunday, July 7 at 11 a.m.