World Cup Fever Strikes Again…

By: McLeod Brown
This time last year, bars across the United States were packed while watching the country’s men’s national soccer team reach the knockout round of the World Cup for the second time in a row.
They should be just as busy now as well with the women’s team representing the country in Canada. The team finished the 2011 World Cup as runner-up to Japan, the first ever Asian team to win a FIFA World Cup.
The women’s team was ranked No. 1 in the world up until December of last year, when Germany bumped them from the top spot, ending their six year reign at the top. Nevertheless, the team is currently competing in the World Cup where they are in a pool with Australia, Sweden, and Nigeria.
After defeating Australia 3-1 on June 8th, the team tied Sweden with a 0-0 scoreless match four days later. Their final game in group play is on Tuesday against Nigeria.
Stalwarts Megan Rapinoe, Abby Wambach, and Hope Solo highlight the current team, with star reserve Alex Morgan waiting in the wings. Lauren Holiday and Carli Lloyd also provide a sound presence in the middle for the squad, who are looking to capture their first World Cup title since 1999.
The team is currently in the lead in group play with four points. The top two teams from each group advance to the knockout stage, where the competition will heighten.
Amid the UEFA Champions League final and Euro 2016 qualifying, more attention should be given to the women’s World Cup. International competition in any sport is rare and always intense to watch. So why not support one of our country’s most successful international teams to date?
This Tuesday be sure to be near a TV at 8pm (Eastern Time Zone) and show some support as the ladies of the United States soccer team take on Nigeria.

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