On Aug. 1, the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team (USMNT) prevailed over longtime rivals Mexico (“El Tri”) in the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup. In stark contrast to performances from the U.S. Women’s National Team and their supporters in 2019, no political grandstanding accompanied the U.S. victory. Only good feelings and pride over having our extremely inexperienced and second-youngest national team in history overcome all odds to beat our international rivals dominated the national discourse.
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As supporters of the men’s national team continued to applaud their boys until the following morning, the United States Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT) faced its own struggles in the Tokyo Olympics. In a shocking upset, the USWNT fell to Canada 1-0, knocking the 2019 Women’s World Cup champions from their position as the top team in the Olympics. The USWNT has long been criticized for its obsession with woke political pandering, especially from veteran star Megan Rapinoe. The media’s over-the-top glorification of Rapinoe since 2016 inspired some critics to contend that endorsement deals and political posturing had begun to matter more to the aging women’s team.
Although soccer has not been as popular with Americans as basketball, football, and baseball, soccer has thus far been the only sport spared from recent double-digit drops in viewership. In particular, fans of basketball and football repeatedly voice their exasperation with the ...