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The Last Word On The Women’s World Cup — USA Versus Brazil

My brother came into town this weekend. He lives in upstate New York, where the nearest “big” city is Syracuse. I live in Long Beach, Calif. It’s a bit of a difference.

Anyway, I hadn’t seen him in about two years, and he hadn’t made it down to our neck of the woods in about a decade, so my sports radar was a bit disrupted over the past few days. But I must say something about what happened this weekend regarding the almighty soccer

I actually got to watch the women’s World Cup match versus Brazil Sunday morning and let me just say: Wow, that was by far the best soccer match I have ever seen. And that’s really saying something because I have watched somewhere around four soccer matches in my life.

Yeah, I don’t like soccer, but after watching Abby Wambach head that amazing feed into the net, I sounded like your typical Spanish soccer announcer. Only with more passion. I’m surprised that goal hasn’t received a nickname yet. Or at least, I haven’t seen one bouncing around this series of tubes.

Once the match had ended and the U.S. was celebrating a penalty kicks victory, something weird happened. It must have gotten really dusty in my kitchen because I couldn’t stop tearing up. Stupid national pride got me feeling all patriotic and shit. I probably would have openly wept with joy if I wasn’t certain that my brother would have laughed at me for about the next three hours.

Citizenship aside, I was really glad the United States won if for no other reason than it eliminated the tireless ref-bashing exercise that was about to ensue here. True, Brazil couldn’t have won that match without some awful officiating, but all of the talk about how America got screwed and how that referee should be removed from all future World Cups would have gotten very outmoded in about 15 minutes.

The moment was amazing. The ratings were relatively high, and I’m sure the ratings for Wednesday’s showdown with France will draw even more interest. But in the case of long-term interest across this country, the impact won’t be much different from what we saw after the U.S. women won the Cup in 1999. More young girls will get drawn in, but the public at large will forget this in time and go on treating soccer outside of the World Cup with the same ol’ apathy that’s become commonplace. That’s too bad — more Hope Solo face time, the better — but that’s just the way it is. You’ve seen what the majority thinks of women’s soccer since ’99. If that couldn’t change our indifference, what’s to say this will cause any changes?

It’s something for time to tell.

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