US Women’s National Soccer Team
Congratulations to the Women’s National Team for their World Cup Win – Great Job!
Now let’s get down to business, the business of representing the United States of America. This is from the ussoccer.com website.
For decades, the USWNT has been topping podiums, making waves and racking up hardware as they prove to the rest of the world what grit and greatness looks like. From the team’s first trailblazers who won the very first Women’s World Cup in 1991, to the iconic 99er’s who captured the eyes and hearts of a nation, to the generation inspired by all of the above that now wear the Stars and Stripes with pride—the Women’s National Team is, always has been, and always will be a force to be reckoned with on and off the field of play.
I want you to know that it’s not about you, any of you. It is about the nation you represent on and off the field and in your own personal lives. Do you notice that flag next to your name? It’s OUR FLAG, and you represent US, the United States of America.
While on vacation recently I watch a couple of your matches and you guys were and are great players, however your attitudes toward your opponents do not represent us, not at all. I was impressed by your wins, but not by your attitude or by the conduct afterwards. You see when you put on the uniform you become the United States personified. You are the US to those who see you. The flag you wear is a representation of us that others know even when words are not spoken.
There are some takeaways from what I’ve seen and heard that loudly proclaim who you are individually and as a team.
Number one – it is unacceptable and un-sportsmanship to gloat over your opponent while flaunting a victory over them.
Number two – it is unconscionable for anyone on a US National Team to disrespect our nation’s flag or our nation’s leader, the President of the United States especially in a public setting representing the team as #15 Megan Rapinoe has done. The best thing she could do is to publicly apologize and withdraw from the team she so badly dishonors.
Number three – men and women have often risen to the occasion to defend the US Flag and to prevent it from touching the ground or being trampled underfoot as #5 Kelley O’Hara has done, which shows her true character, loyalty and pride for our nation.
As I said earlier it is not about any of you. Once you don the uniform it is about the team, and when you enter the playing field it is ONLY about representing the United States of America while playing hard, fair and treating every opponent with due respect. If any of you cannot commit to that please quit and let others have the opportunity that you have been given? – I am the Real Truckmaster!