The US Women’s National Soccer team are repeat World Cup Champions after defeating Holland 2-0 in France. No one is really surprised by this as they are the dominant force in women’s soccer throughout the world. What is surprising is the fact that they are still fighting to get equal pay with their much less successful male counterparts.
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal gives evidence that the US Women’s team is far and away more of a draw than the men’s team: U.S. Women’s Soccer Games Outearned Men’s Game.
The crowds in France and at bars all around the country were massive for the Women’s World Cup. Of course interest in the men’s World Cup is huge as well. The difference in this country is what fans’ expectations are for the US national team.
The last time the men’s national side actually caused soccer fever was back in 2014 when the team made it to the knockout rounds (they lost to Belgium 2-1). Since then it’s pretty much been mediocrity to embarrassment:
The men’s team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. It came down to a match versus the “mighty” nation of Trinidad and Tobago. If the US won or drew, they would make the tournament. The men lost 2-1 and they missed out on the World Cup for the first time since 1986.
In a recent friendly match with Venezuela, the US were pitiful and ended up 3-0 losers in a match they were expected to win.
The US Soccer Federation will soon be dealing with the USWNT gender discrimination lawsuit. Based on their popularity, as well as their on field success, this case is a no brainer. Let’s hope they do the right thing.