Open Phones: New Women's Soccer Fans

Monday, July 18, 2011

The US did not take home the gold yesterday, but the Women's World Cup captivated both the United States and Japan. Did you get into the women's soccer for the first time? Why? Will you keep watching? Grant Wahl, covering the World Cup for Sports Illustrated and Lawrie Mifflin senior editor at The New York Times and soccer aficionado, discuss what this means for women's soccer and the two countries.

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Comments [4]


it's disgusting, how little attention, the u.s. sports media, gave to this. if japan had lost,we know, that all would have been different.

Jul. 19 2011 01:06 AM
amalgam from NYC by day, NJ by night

Tremendous match and US certainly was the most exciting women's team in terms of play, probably in the history of women's soccer.

The analysts know as well as I do (and I know some female soccer pros), that the current league, the WPS, is a poor one when even compared to its forerunner, WUSA.

Just like the men's pro league, the MLS - that has truly figured out how to make a small league work - a women's pro league NEEDS to be successful for women's soccer to gain a real foothold in the US.

Jul. 18 2011 11:48 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

The Women's World Cup, including the final, was so much more open and positive than the men's. Almost no diving, feigning injury, defensive tactics - a perfect example of how soccer should be played.

Jul. 18 2011 11:45 AM
John from Manhattan

Is Mifflin saying that it is obvious the the US men are a better team than the US women? I don't think that is at all obvious and I would love to see that game.

Jul. 18 2011 11:43 AM

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