Congratulations to the Golden USWNT … Ch-ch-ch-ch changes!

Call it change. Call it luck. Call it redemption. Call it bravery. Call it what you will – it’s gold and it’s real and it stays! The USWNT defeated Brazil 1-0 yesterday in extra time after putting on a gritty performance on the pitch on a wet, humid, Beijing night. Pia Sundhage and her 18 players turned a rocky tournament start into Olympic glory, putting to rest memories of a Women’s World Cup debacle, and stepping out from the long shadow of glory days past into their own, golden light. This is a new team, an evolving team. They did it without Mia or Julie or Carla or Brandi … even Lil. And to cap it off … they even did it without Abby.

It’s an amazing accomplishment … testimony not only to their fitness and soccer skills but, perhaps most importantly, to their mental toughness. And lest we forget, testimony to the inspirational leadership of Pia Sundhage.

Kudos to everyone involved. Kudos, most especially, to Hope Solo – who came through in amazing fashion after a journey from October 2007 to August 2008 that has to have been excruciating. Kudos to Angela Hucles, who stepped her game up and stepped into an unfamiliar role and played herself into history! Kudos to Carli Lloyd for coming through when she needed to, even when struggling. Kudos to the staunch USWNT defense … and to A-Rod and Kai and HAO and Chalupa. I’m sure I’m forgetting people … it was a whole team effort. That’s the beauty of it.

Commentary about the match is all over the web … nice to see (and a tad overwhelming at the moment, I must admit)! I’ll just post a few items that stood out for me. (And I’ll post a link to Beulah’s write up as soon as it appears … it ain’t up just yet …)

Phew!

Peace out!

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2 Responses to Congratulations to the Golden USWNT … Ch-ch-ch-ch changes!

  1. JordanCornblog says:

    It sure has- and your post was excellent … very Beulah-like, IMHO!

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  2. boltgirl says:

    Ahhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!! My feet are finally back on the ground this morning; what a great thing to wake up and realize it wasn’t all a dream. And Pia’s new contract is the icing. This has been the best!

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