On the women’s side, there have been greats as well. Players like Mia Hamm, Michelle Akers, Marta. Now, at the close of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the list of greats continues to build with Alex Morgan, Tobin Heath, Megan Rapinoe, Rose Lavelle, Julie Ertz, Carli Lloyd, and every other player on this year’s team. Coach Jill Ellis was phenomenal as well. Following the championship in France, it’s the second World Cup title in a row and the fourth overall for the US. An outstanding accomplishment for US women’s soccer.
Not one to brag (a-hem) but my prediction came true. I was one of many that foresaw the US winning the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Not the biggest surprise in the world, though, after all, it came true. The thing about the USWNT is that, like the men’s team in Brazil, it’s a team expected to win every time. So, a surprise the US won? No. But the competition was stiff. And, lo and behold, the competition is getting better each World Cup. Watch out next time around for Spain and Italy, to name a few. What’s taken them so long? Long story but they’ve finally come around. And it should be expected. Now that the women’s programs in those places are being taken more seriously, one would expect natural spillover from the men’s programs (which, in the case of Spain and Italy, are elite, top-class, state-of-the-art). So the US has a lot to think about come 2023. For the time being, the championship is in the US, where it belongs.
The European season for the men is right around the corner. I’m excited to announce The European Soccer Leagues: Everything You Need to Know About the 2019-20 Season. It was an honor to write, just as it was with The Women’s World Cup 2019 Book (which, by the way, was such a thrill and honor to write and maybe, just maybe, the most gratifying thing I’ve published to date). For now though, the European club season will be a long, wonderful, journey. I look forward to it.
Not to mention, soon, very soon, we’ll have the 2020 European Cup (telepathic high-five).
Let’s not forget, the MLS season is coming to fruition in the fall. The playoffs are right around the corner. All you need to know about the world’s next super league—yes, I said it and mean it—is in Major League Soccer 2019: Everything You Need to Know About the Teams.
For all intents and purposes, the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup captivated the world this year. After closing an epic adventure in France 2019, it’s time for the US women to celebrate the World Cup trophy for the next four years. They deserve it. It was another amazing World Cup. That should wrap it up for now.
See you soon folks. Goodnight now.