America, Women, Soccer, and the Women's World Cup

Monday, July 11, 2011

It was a big weekend for the U.S. Women's Soccer Team, after a dramatic shootout victory against powerhouse Brazil propelled them to the World Cup's semi-final. The victory was yet another triumph for Team U.S.A. in a tournament that the country has traditionally dominated. Ever since the cup’s launch in 1991, the U.S. has either won or finished in the top three of the Women's World Cup.

Mechelle Voepel, a reporter who covers women’s sports for ESPN.com, tells us how the U.S came to excel at the sport, considering the America's relative indifference towards soccer — and the women's game in particular.

Guests:

Mechelle Voepel

Produced by:

Joseph Capriglione and Kristen Meinzer

Comments [1]

amalgam from NYC by day, NJ by night

Clarification: The US women won _5-3_ in penalty shootout, but actually tied 2-2. After the tie, both teams went through overtime with no goal, thus having to resolve the game in penalty kicks.

Jul. 11 2011 10:04 AM

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