Nobody can accuse the U.S. Women’s National soccer team of failing to deliver.
The squad’s glory-painted 2-0 victory over the Netherlands on Sunday didn’t just clinch the World Cup title, it was the team’s fourth, and second consecutive, after a 5-2 win against Japan in 2015.
The U.S. has now won the most FIFA Women’s World Cup titles in history, a record the U.S. team publicly set for itself four years ago.
It’s had a target on its back ever since. But these women were up to the challenge.
We’ve come a long way since the days when the women’s World Cup was all but ignored by the public, and the U.S. team won plenty of well-deserved praise as they bulldozed through the tournament.
And that included from New Mexico fans, hundreds of whom watched and celebrated the victory Sunday at Civic Plaza. Journal reporter Pilar Martinez and photographer Greg Sorber reported on the cheers and whistles “bouncing off the sides of the buildings surrounding Civic Plaza” in a front-page story and photographs in Monday’s Journal.
But amidst all its success, the team also caught an unnecessary amount of flack for everything from the unapologetic jubilation of each score in the lopsided Thailand match to co-captain and forward Megan Rapinoe’s fighting words on the current occupant of the White House to forward Alex Morgan’s celebratory “tea sip” during the semifinals against England.