American women’s soccer and Team US.A., soaring into this weekend’s Women’s World Cup final: U.S.A. vs. Japan.
The last time U.S. Women’s soccer grabbed the World Cup attention of the planet was 1999, at the Rose Bowl, in a delirium of victory with Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, and Brandi Chastain ripping off her jersey after the last, great kick to glory.
This week in Germany, we’re in a whole new delirium.
A gritty, astonishing new American women’s team going from breathtaking win to win. Lined up now for the World Cup final. Abby Wambach. Alex Morgan. Megan Rapinoe, Hope Solo. Just not giving up.
This hour On Point: American women’s soccer, and this World Cup.
Grant Wahl, writer, Sports Illustrated.
Becky Burleigh, Head Coach, University of Florida women’s soccer team.
Jennifer Doyle, author of the the soccer blog From A Left Wing.
From Tom’s Reading List:
- Sports Illustrated: “MÖNCHENGLADBACH, Germany — Three thoughts after the U.S.’s 3-1 victory against France sent the U.S. to the Women’s World Cup final on Sunday”
- The New York Times: “There was a double déjà vu on Sunday as, once again, desperate American athletes made one last sortie down the field. “
- Yahoo News: “The United States women’s soccer team is seeking their third World Cup title in 2011. Unlike the men, the women’s team has been one of the strongest in the world. They bring a sense of national pride to soccer by winning with class. Since women’s soccer became popular about 20 years ago, there have been many great moments.”