By Laura Pappano
Suddenly, the story lines need tweaking.
Admit it: We had resigned ourselves to remembrances of the 1999 Women’s World Cup. Who didn’t watch grainy video highlights and years-later interviews with players and wonder if the Dawn of US women’s soccer and its Golden Age were one and the same?
There may be hundreds of little girls playing soccer in towns across America. We may have seen a professional women’s league born, die, and resurrected. But just because we could provide a living (sort of) and a showcase for the best women’s soccer in the world, could we – Team USA – contend? Really?
Was all the talk about a US underdog team just – well – to whip up interest? Did anyone believe?
The US-Brazil game offered some lessons, reminders – and raises some questions (is refereeing adequate?)