This tournament and its emotional highs and lows will be remembered for a long time to come. All you diehard fans know what a thrilling and ultimately heartbreaking journey it has been for our US team. Across the nation we have seen an incredible amount of support. We looked forward to the opportunity to watch each match, we recorded every second of the matches we couldn’t watch while hoping throughout the workday the final score wouldn’t be disclosed, we cheered for each goal and we never lost hope.
In the World Cup Final on Sunday both teams played a beautiful game of soccer, but after extra time and a penalty shoot out it was Japan who came away with the cup. Although it’s not the outcome many of us hoped for, we must congratulate Japan on their win. After a year of tragedy in the form of a deadly earthquake and tsunami, bringing home the world cup is a symbol of better times to come for Japan.
Despite our second place status, many of the players themselves will tell you that they have done something special for women’s soccer. Our appearance in the final game before a global audience has Americans truly excited. Nationwide we have developed an enormous amount of respect for this group of competitors.
We are in awe of Abby Wambach’s powerful athleticism, Megan Rapinoe’s deft touch, Hope Solo’s “Golden Glove” winning performance, and this team’s overall ability to never give up. As fans flooded into the bars everywhere to show their support, I knew that no matter the outcome, this was ultimately a victory for women’s sports. What amazing role models we have discovered for our young female athletes.
Again, congratulations to Japan. We’ll see you at the next World Cup.