Doppelgangers: Chicago Cubs as USWNT Players


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Like Jeff Winger on “Community” famously said: “What’s your favorite color? Because mine’s a three way tie between red, white and blue.” The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team are obviously America’s team right now, and deservedly do. The Chicago Cubs are/were America’s Team of sorts. At least in the time before national sports networks proliferated and exploded. Older readers can recall a time when there were only two teams that you could see on television coast to coast- the Cubs and the Atlanta Braves.

Anyway, it’s time for star spangled analogizing; with our annual World Cup simile column.

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World Cup Title Game Viewership shatters U.S. Soccer Records


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You can stop waiting for soccer to arrive in America; it’s already here. The evidence was first laid out in an op-ed for the Chicago Tribune RedEye edition published on the eve of the 2015 Women’s World Cup Tournament. Now, a month later, the TV ratings numbers further validate the thesis.

The USA’s emphatic 5-2 victory over Japan in the Women’s World Cup 2015™ final is the most- watched soccer match in U.S. history, according to Nielsen.  The match posted a prodigious 12.9 household rating/share with 25.4 million viewers, and peaked at 30.9 million between 8:30-8:45 PM ET.

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USWNT D Ali Krieger featured in ESPN’s Body Issue


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Ali Krieger began her career with the Penn State Nittany Lions. In Happy Valley she was a two-time All-American, a first team NSCAA All-American, co-defensive player of the year, team captain, Big-Ten Freshman of the year and a semifinalist for the M.A.C. Hermann trophy.

Those honors are all well and good, but it’s peanuts compared to what she accomplished yesterday- World Cup Champion!

Krieger and company routed Japan to achieve the third star on the USWNT jersey, representing America’s third World Cup title. That’s more than any other nation.

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Alex Morgan drove a very rare Lexus IS 350 in high school


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In July of 2013, we learned that Alex Morgan was a child of privilege. It doesn’t diminish her achievements on the field in any way. Whether you’re a 1%er or from a low income background, or anything in between, it won’t or win or lose an athletic event for you.

However, it is a major determinant of whether or not you win in life.  America certainly has plenty of social mobility. It’s just that America has WAY LESS social mobility than advertised. Remember that when we have a Clinton vs Bush Presidential election in 2016.

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Alexi Lalas with some GREAT USA Soccer Jingoism


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Alexei Lalas is someone with candid opinions that I always enjoy hearing. The FOX studio analyst and National Soccer Hall of Famer might just be the finest American home grown soccer commentator around.

Panayotis Alexander “Alexi” Lalas is as candid and as entertaining as it gets.

Happy Independence Day everyone!

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VIDEO: Hope Solo HILARIOUSLY RIPPED TO PIECES by Wanda Sykes


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Hope Solo seems to have gotten/is getting a free pass. The outrage over the U.S. Women’s National Team goalkeeper getting completely faded within a couple of days of Outside the Lines publishing their expose. It was THE sports news story of the day that Sunday, but by Wednesday, no one in America cared anymore.

Well, Comedian Wanda Sykes is one person who still remembers who Solo really is, calling her “the Rosa Parks of Assault and Battery,” in the video below from HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.

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Top Ten USWNT storylines in the World Cup Title game


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It’s the most patriotic weekend possible. This morning, America re-covers from Independence Day partying. We’re done celebrating America’s 239th birthday; and tonight we should likely celebrate a United States Women’s National Team or USWNT World Cup Title. Here’s the link to the game preview and prediction.

That said, here are ten major story lines to watch in tonight’s final between the USWNT and Japan.

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Alex Morgan has been the USWNT’s quasi-decoy


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As the face of Women’s soccer in the United States, Alex Morgan has been a top trending term nationally Twitter on all U.S. Women’s National Team match days. This despite the fact she has only scored one goal this World Cup and hasn’t had a ton of true scoring chances throughout the tournament.

Obviously, fitness issues, certainly more so at the beginning, have been a big part of that.

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USWNT vs Japan World Cup Final Preview, Prediction


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Alas, we meet again.

It’s the USWNT versus Japan. Just like in the 2012 Olympic Gold Medal Game. Exactly like the 2011 World Cup Final. Extremely tenacious defense wins games but it doesn’t sell tickets or attract ratings. Yet we’ve seen this World Cup set plenty of new ratings records; and then follow up the next match by breaking those records yet again.

This USWNT has posted five straight shutouts and not allowed a goal in 513 minutes. Of course, winning matters most when it comes to getting eyeballs on your sporting product, and the U.S. has certainly been doing that.

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Julie Johnston should have drawn a red card


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Julie Johnston really got away with one last night. The officials helped her and the United States out tremendously.

The USWNT beat the #1 ranked side in the world, Germany, in commanding fashion. The American defense shut out the German attack, the highest scoring team in the tournament with 20 goals, completely. Deutschland never had any organically set up scoring chances.

The U.S. was great; but they were also extremely lucky.

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USWNT must play Christen Press at forward, not Wing


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If the United States are going to win what is the real, actual World Cup title game tomorrow night, it would really help to get a big game out of Christen Press. She would best be served by the U.S. Women’s National Team shifting to a 4-3-3 formation versus the Germans, but no one is expecting USWNT Coach Jill Ellis to actually do that.

Two FOX Analysts, Tony DiCicco (the last head coach to guide the Americans to a World Cup championship) and Heather Mitts (former USWNT member) believe Press would be best served in the 4-3-3.

Mitts says Christen Press should be playing forward:

“Her placement and her ability to finish is what makes Christen Press such a great player and why she needs to be on the field, but maybe not out wide.”

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Julie Johnston: real reason she’s been the USWNT MVP


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Julie Johnston has been both the breakout player and the MVP of this World Cup for the United States.  She hasn’t scored yet, but she created a wonderful chance Saturday night; and also assisted on the one goal the U.S. Women’s National team did score versus China. (She also had a goal in group play waived off, due to an offsides call)

Johnston is one of the major reasons that U.S. have only conceded one goal in the entire tournament, and have held their opponents for 423 minutes and counting.

Julie Johnston, one of the youngest players on this team, has been given many compliments from numerous soccer pundits during this World Cup. 

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