Women’s World Cup champs, tennis phenom live out their American dream

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Most readers of these pages are bright enough to be following the Women’s World Cup that has been going on in France for at least a month now.

The American team entered the event with the most likely chance to hoist the World Cup. As luck would have it, the draw of teams certainly put the Americans in the most competitive bracket.

The American girls rolled through the first three matches, much as expected. The next round — the knockout round — has proven to be the challenge that was expected.

As I write these lines Saturday evening, our girls are most likely sleeping tightly, perhaps dreaming about the Americans, match vs. The Netherlands tomorrow morning.

Let’s all watch and send good vibes their way, hoping they can, once again, be the Queens of Soccer. The American women have for some time now been the dominant soccer power in the world for many years.


Juxtapose the American women’s success against the American men’s soccer and it becomes very hard to understand the men’s lack of success.

Have the American men ever made “the round of 16”? Did the American men even qualify for the last men’s World Cup? That one I know — no.

When asked to explain this difference, one American player’s answer spoke volumes.

Paraphrasing, she said perhaps it’s the opportunities women have in the United States, the freedoms and societal acceptance of young women in America to pursue this dream to play soccer on a world stage. Many countries don’t allow women to vote, drive cars, etc.

I cannot recall which player, but it doesn’t matter. I would venture to say each of these young ladies have that knowledge of their great fortune to be Americans.

Suffice it to say all these girls came from “middle America.” They likely were not from the 1% of Americans who supposedly own and run America. Suffice it to say, they all had supportive parents and families at least capable of supporting this dream.

Another American “girl” has emerged on the world athletic stage and once again has shown the bright light of America’s greatness and bounty of opportunities for anyone willing to work unceasingly, to achieve great things.

Heard the name Coco Gauff?

No? What rock have you been sleeping under?

I don’t know about you, but I am made even more proud to be an American to watch a “very” young girl emerge on the stage of world at the 2019 Wimbledon Tennis Championships.

The fact that this young girl comes from an intact family, kinda like the “middle America” family mentioned earlier. I have learned her parents, both, are college graduates, athletes while in college, and exposed Coco to sports very early. She quickly identified tennis as her favorite. With a devotion of two parents and a young mind willing to strive for her single-minded goal. Look, and marvel what we are seeing.

These two uplifting achievements make clear the United States of America is the greatest country in the world. It offers more opportunity than any other country.

These soccer families worked their butts off to give their daughters this opportunity.

The Gauff family educated themselves, had a child or children, worked their fingers to the bone and gave Coco the love and inspiration to achieve what we are watching.

One thing they did not do was sit around and ask the American government for reparations.

No, they recognized the opportunity America offers its citizens — all its citizens. They went out and made good on these opportunities.

I, for one, am inspired by our women’s soccer team and young Coco Gauff. Both of these stories are a testament to the greatness of these young people and the greatness of the United States of America.

Mike Radford