For some odd reason the Women’s US National Soccer team played Canada in Utah a few weeks ago. It was an exhibition match I guess, prepping both teams for the Olympics in London and thankfully, we were there. I was actually giddy about being there…more excited than I’ve been about anything other than a Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion in years.
I don’t know a ton about soccer, but I’ve known that according to my husband, who eats, sleeps and dreams it, Abby Wambach is one of the best soccer players to have ever lived. We’ve been married almost ten years and she’s the only player he’s mentioned so often I actually remembered her name. We watched her in the Women’s World Cup last year and like him, I fell in awe. She’s a force on the field…strong, determined, confident. They all are. Soccer women rule.
Zoe went to the game with us and while we were there it dawned on me that in her almost five years, our nosebleeds in the 100° heat were the closest I’d ever taken her to a place where women rule. Right then and there I tried to make a list of the positive female role models she’s exposed to and I literally couldn’t come up with one. Who do our girls look up to? Kim Kardashian? Selena Gomez? Those damned princesses always looking for their happily ever after? How sad.
Abby and the rest of the US Women (we also especially love Megan Rapinoe, Shannon Boxx and Sydney Leroux) take on France in their opening game at the Olympics on July 25th. TUNE IN. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know the meaning of a yellow card. What matters is that our girls have someone awesome to look up to. And win or lose, they’ll make us all proud.