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Sunday
Jul172011

Women's World Cup Frenzy Has Gone Intergalactic

Pixland/Thinkstock(FRANKFURT) -- The United States Women's Soccer Team is battling Japan in the World Cup Championship today in Frankfurt, Germany, and soccer fever is sizzling stateside like it never has before.

The U.S. women's soccer team, now the top-ranked team in the world, kicked its way past Brazil and France in thrilling quarter and semifinal games and is now just one game away from winning its third World Cup title.

"I think the success of the USA women's national team has always been top notch, but the manner in which they have done it during this World Cup has absolutely captivated the entire nation," said Alecko Eskandarian, a former player with the L.A. Galaxy of Major League Soccer.

He said the way the United States came back to deafeat Brazil in the quarterfinals alone should change the way Americans think about soccer.

"Their dramatic victory over Brazil was one of the most exciting finishes to a match I had seen in quite some time, regardless of gender," he said. "Much like the heroic goal by Landon Donovan in the World Cup last year on the men's side, Americans are finally starting to recognize the excitement of soccer rather than dismissing it as boring or low-scoring."

Soccer has long been popular in the United States as a youth sport, but that popularity hasn't always translated to interest in the sport on an adult level. Major League Soccer has teams in 18 cities, but in most the game plays second fiddle to other pro sports.

For many young soccer players around the country, the goalkeeper Hope Solo, forward Abby Wambach, midfielder Megan Rapinoe, team captain Christie Rampone and the rest have made their mark.

"To me they've always been my favorite, and they're the best team to me even if they win or lose," Nicole Edwards, a 12-year-old camper at Chicago Storm Soccer Camp in Algonquin, Ill., told ABC station WLS-TV in Chicago.

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