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Hope For USA Soccer?

Brett Jensen
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Admittedly, I cheered out loud when the US Women’s soccer team scored in the 122nd minute this past weekend to tie the match and eventually beat Brazil. But I also wondered if I was the only one that let out a yell. I got my answer Wednesday afternoon.

I met a friend at a local sports bar in SouthPark (yes, one word and the ‘P’ is capitalized) to grab lunch and watch a little of the World Cup semifinal between USA and France. This place is very large and it was essentially standing room only.

I asked a waitress that I knew if it’s always this busy at lunch and she said not even close. People left work early and stayed late to fill up every single seat at this sports place to watch USA take on France in a World Cup semifinal match.

And with every close call, there were moans. And when France scored to even the match at 1-1, the groans were even louder.

However, when the US scored to take a 2-1, the entire place erupted into cheers and high-fives. It was as loud as any sports bar I’ve been in while watching a game. Moreover, the crowd was 90 percent male.

I have to admit that I was caught off guard by it all. I didn’t expect ordinary people who couldn’t care less (notice how it’s couldn’t and not could) about soccer get enthused and wrapped up in cheering for not only soccer, but a women’s soccer team at that.

I don’t think this will have one ounce of impact on the growth of soccer in this country, but it’s nice to know that I’m not the only one cheering for Hope Solo and the lot.

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