When the U.S. men’s football unit was eliminated from this year’s World Cup contention, parties were devastated. The U.S. Men’s National Team’s 2-1 loss Wednesday loss to Trinidad and Tobago commemorated the end of a 31 -year run of World cup finals appearings by the team( though they’ve never acquired ).
People … didn’t take it well.
Social media appeared with outrage, along with hot-headed analysis trying to figure out how we could have let this happen .
USA Today even called the loss “the biggest shame in U.S. athletics history.” Ouch .
Soccer may be less of a national pastime in America than football or baseball, but for followers of the play in the U.S ., this was an apocalyptic moment that had them interrogating the very future of soccer in our country.
Meanwhile, America’s uber-talented and successful women’s football unit is only over here like: “Hi.”
“Remember us? “
Yes, the U.S. Women’s National Team, which ran away with the 2015 World cup finals and has only one excellent shot at qualifying for the 2019 tournament.
Yes, the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team that makes about a quarter of what their male colleagues do.
Yes, the U.S. Women’s National Team that brings in similar receipt to the men’s team when you factor in their recent successes.
Yes, the U.S. Women’s National Team that routinely get far worse training aids, nutrient, and lodging than the men’s team.
Yes, the U.S. Women’s National Team that, despite the inequalities listed above, responded with grace and dignity as their fellow jocks suffered a humiliating loss:
Yes, the U.S. Women’s National Team that, simply put, kickings ass .
They’re still around, gearing up for another World cup finals range next year. And they deserve to be more than an afterthought in those discussions about American soccer.
It’s disappointing to see the men’s team knocked out of contention, but this is the perfect opportunity to support America’s < em> real top soccer players.
There are a lot of great conferences to be had about how most diverse contestants can get a fair shake at playing at soccer’s highest level. But right now, “theres” already some excellent American players gearing up for an international showdown. They deserve the supporting, esteem, excitement, and — yes — even the money that had been set aside for the men’s team.
The U.S. women’s crew has earned the right to be the appearance of American football. It’s time to stop prioritizing our mediocre men’s crew and tell the winning women’s crew shine.