Women’s World Cup
The rest of the soccer world might be hoping that perhaps it’s seen the last of Team USA, which won its second consecutive World Cup
and fourth overall yesterday in France. They’ll probably be disappointed. With its comfortable 2-0 win over the Netherlands, the US Women’s National Team showed that it has both the youth and experience to be a force to be reckoned with in many World Cups to come.
No one expected the Netherlands to win this match up, but the Dutch actually held on for over an hour, before experience (in the form of Megan Rapinoe) and youth (Rose Lavelle) scored two US goals within eight minutes and put things out of reach. While other football federations will continue to invest heavily to catch up to the Americans, Team USA heads home to face other battles, like securing equal pay for female players.
Chants of “equal pay” rained down from the stands at the soccer stadium in Lyon, France, and Rapinoe and others brought up the subject during post-match news conferences. Members of Team USA will soon start mediation with the US Soccer Federation in a lawsuit over pay equity. Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the team will be honored with a ticker tape parade in New York City. No word yet about a possible White House invitation.