Why you should watch the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team
By ALYSHA TSUJI
College Contributor Network
1. They win. A lot.
For starters, the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team won the inaugural World Cup in 1991, and they won the inaugural women's soccer Olympic gold medal in 1996 in Atlanta -- we've dominated from the very beginning. Since then, the U.S. Women's National Team claimed the 1999 World Cup trophy, finished third in 2003 and 2007, and finished runners up to Japan in 2011. But wait, there's more. They won a silver medal in the 2000 Olympics, and took gold in 2004, 2008 and 2012.
2. Our time is now.
If you were alive and breathing this past summer, you probably noticed the ruckus raised over the U.S. Men's National Team's World Cup run -- America celebrated, Twitter was poppin', Clint Dempsey popsicle jerseys were everywhere. Some people looked at the U.S. reaction to the 2014 World Cup and said that soccer fever is alive in America, others said we're all fools and that none of us truly appreciate the game.
Now is our chance to prove the haters wrong. With the runner-up finish the last go-around, the women are due to bring home the hardware in 2015. Let's get amped again. Let's show the world that USA's players and fans can hang in national football competition (even if we still call it soccer).
3. The roster's stacked.
Twelve of the women on the current roster were also on the team back in 2012 when they beat Japan 2-1 for the gold medal in London. That was the year after they had just lost the World Cup to Japan in a draw. This team is out for blood, as further emphasized by their recent CONCACAF World Championship victory. After the win, Carli Lloyd was named MVP and ESPNW reported her saying, "I'm not afraid to put it out there that I want to become one of the best players in the world ... I'm going for the top."
4. Miley Cyrus.
In 2012, the team put together a dance/music video to Miley Cyrus's "Party in the USA." It has almost 900,000 views. I'm pretty sure it's scientifically proven that teams who have fun are more fun to watch.
5. I believe that we will win.
The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team isn't just representing a city or a state, it's representing America. This is our national team and we should support them. Even more so because they're extremely talented. There are no excuses. I know you caved and bought a USA soccer jersey this summer, convinced the men would somehow steal the trophy (or maybe that was just me). If you did, throw that jersey back on this summer. Last summer was fun -- let's do it again.
Alysha Tsuji is a senior Journalism major at Pepperdine University. Her passion lies in sports media, namely when it comes to covering the NBA. Follow her on Twitter: @AlyshaTsuji