When the US does well in international sporting events, the country takes notice.
When the Women’s US Soccer team made it to the Women’s World Cup finals, the country rallied behind them. Now, the US isn’t exactly a soccer country, as in it’s not at all. Though it’s the most popular sport in the world, most people’s interest in the sport ends when they stop playing it as a child.
However, when the women made a terrific run in the 2011 Women’s World Cup, it made national headlines. People were actually able to name players on the team. Let’s be honest, that hasn’t happened since the 1999 World Cup and Brandi Chastain’s infamous stripping of her jersey (scandalousss!)
Hope Solo became a celebrity. Cities all over proudly claimed players as their own (Lauren Cheney and Lori Lindsey are from Indy, just sayin’).
The world of social media exploded. Twitter was blowing up about the shootout between Japan and the US. Globally, tweeters posted 7,196 tweets per second, making it the third most tweeted about event in 2011. It didn’t beat out Beyonce’s baby news, but who’s surprised there? (Beyonce had a baby. Beyonce had a baby!)
The AP ranked it as the 10th top sports story of 2011. It certainly was one of the most dramatic sporting events of the year. A shootout in a World Cup final? That’s the kind of scenario sports fans both revel in and curse at.
Matches like the 2011 WWC final create support and excitement for women’s sports.
Ryan Yoder, a writer for Awful Announcing, wrote “the Women’s World Cup showed this country will support soccer at the highest level, no matter the gender.”
Now, let’s hope the support continues on with the 2012 Olympics.