Wednesday, August 25, 2004

US Soccer's brightest spot 

Nice piece on the core of the US women's national team lead by Mia Hamm. I don't really follow the women's game at all, but the national team has given this country reason to pause, shaping the mold of the female athlete into a legitimacy amongst a new generation of little girls. This gold medal match against Brazil will be their send off. Call them what they are: pioneers. Many will point to World Cup '94, hosted in the US, as the first time soccer was really galvanized in this country. I agree, they'd be right. But while the men's team floundered in the 90s (they've improved dramatically), it was the women who managed to keep the sport in the public's view. Kudos to them. Another gold is almost a sure thing.

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