Why America must support the USWNT this summer

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By Tyler Strauss
College Contributor Network

Well, it's that time of year again. It's the summer, which means there is some type of soccer event going on. Last summer, the men's World Cup dominated televisions and bars across the country, while finding ways to captivate even the most stubborn of sports fans in the states.

The U.S. men's national team was placed in the "Group of Death" or that's how us Americans like to view it. I prefer the more realistic tale, with Germany and Portugal being favorites and the United States squeaking by. Whichever story you prefer, no one can argue that soccer swept the country in waves last summer. People got behind the team in every way imaginable, and for a brief moment, we were unified on the issue. That of course excludes Ann Coulter, who for some reason hadn't used up her allotment of dumb comments for the year, and decided to weigh in on the World Cup. But minus her theatrics and poor schooling, the United States truly got behind soccer for a summer. And now they can do so again this year.

The Women's National Team opens their World Cup campaign Monday against Australia at 7:30 ET. The women look set to challenge for the cup, boasting talented players such as their goalkeeper, Hope Solo, among other stars including: Abby Wambach, Shannon Boxx, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and many more. These ladies are stellar talents among the footballing world and we should be honored to call them our team. For some reason, however, there seems to be a disconnect from the two teams with the Men's team grabbing more attention, despite the women's team performing better. So for the neutral fans or those that don't support the women, why should you watch this World Cup in Canada?
First and foremost, because Americans like winners. And this women's team certainly can make a run at the Cup. In 2011, the team was denied by the slightest of margins, falling to Japan in penalties in the final match. However, they are back with a revitalized team and approach, and make no mistake, they are challengers for the trophy. As Americans, we live to see winners, in our individual sports, and at the international level. Therefore, with the women's team looking in much better shape to compete, why not support a side that exemplifies how soccer should be played at the absolute highest level.

Furthermore, the women's World Cup is being played in Canada. What does this mean for us as fans? It means the games are played at times where we can all watch. The men's games were guilty of being played at all hours, making it more difficult to support based on the time. However, the Women's game is at 7:30 on a Monday night. I don't know what you could possibly be doing at that hour, but it should be supporting the team as they look to start off the Cup against Australia with a win.

This team of women are strong, and modern examples of how precise, talented soccer players should look as a team. If you were impressed with the men's team last summer, you'll be blown away by the ladies. If you are itching to continue the soccer fever that swept the country last summer, you can't go wrong with supporting this group in Canada this summer. Make sure to tune in Monday, you won't want to miss a game after that.

Tyler Strauss is a student at Fordham University. He currently interns at the New York Cosmos and writes for their website. Tyler is also a contributor to many other soccer blogs such as CFCNet, ChelseaDaft, The Pride of London, and The Stamford Shed. He is seeking a career in the football (soccer) industry.
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