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US Soccer Making Strides

Allie Bovis

The aftermath of the Women’s World Cup has been felt, both good and bad, by millions all around the world. In Japan, the fight and determination of the players energized a nation that had been devastated not five months ago. On the other end of the spectrum in the United States, you could hear a pin drop as the last Japan penalty kick hit the net.

But the real story comes from the progression soccer has made in the US in the past five years. Although soccer may not be considered traditional “football” to the US and some don’t know whether to spell it “football” or “futbol” but, the recent men’s and women’s World Cups have contributed many strides to the excitement of soccer in the US. Most Americans truly believed in the women as millions watched and Tweeted as the US took on Japan for the World Cup. @Twitter even tweeted upon the conclusion of the women’s World Cup match stating that there had been a new Tweets per second record set of 7,196 TPS mentioning the final game (#WWC).

Along with being quite poetic, the game was definitely an emotional rollercoaster which gave twitter users a lot of possible tweets. Back and forth goals during the game, two 15 minute over-times to a penalty kick shoot-out. Even Wambach’s perseverance (and headers) throughout the entirety of the World Cup resonated with everyone that watched and you could feel how bad the US wanted to win, they never gave up. Although the US team looked a little deflated in the final match, you could still see the desire on their faces to win and that gave people something to talk about. You wanted to see if Abby Wambach could put another one in the back of the net with her famous head that people are saying it was used so much instead of her feet that it should receive a shoe deal.

Does all of this mean that soccer has finally received the respect it deserves in the US? Probably not, but this women’s team was definitely noticed across the world and soccer may start getting some more respect in the US.

Amidst all of the tragedy surrounding Japan many believed this was the year for the US women to prevail, but definitely well-deserved congratulations to Japan. Still so proud of what Abby Wambach and the US women accomplished throughout the tournament, good luck in 2015!