The amazing success of the USWNT
has also spurred several other countries, including in Asia and Europe, to develop women's soccer programs, leading to remarkable growth in skill, talent and viewership for women's soccer worldwide.
has been the most successful women's team in international soccer history, earning four world championship titles-and this summer in France set a record for the most goals scored with 26 over the seven-game tournament.
attendance numbers, and, in any event, the USWNT
had negotiated their
Unfortunately, inequitable compensation--like that which members of the USWNT
are fighting against is just one of the challenges female athletes encounter today.
What the USWNT
accomplished far transcends the soccer field, and goes way beyond gender.
Mertz, a former assistant of USWNT
coach Jill Ellis at UCLA, attended England's excruciating 2-1 semifinal loss to Japan on Wednesday in Edmonton.
I am a huge fan of hers and the rest of the USWNT