WNT Oct 29, 2009
It was another remarkable performance tonight for the U.S. Women's National Team and especially the back five, winning on a cold night, on foreign soil against one of the best teams in the world in front of a sold-out crowd and a nation-wide TV audience. It was overcoming adverse conditions at its finest. You can say it was a lesson about tremendous American spirit and character, but we already knew that about this team. It was also a lesson about how good the Germans are (scary good) and how difficult a challenge it will be to win here come 2011. But what better preparation than tonight's match to draw on during the almost two-year run-up to what should be a spectacular Women's World Cup? We were told that the Germans sold 40,000 tickets today, the first day that 2001 WWC tickets were available to the public, a truly remarkable number so far away from the tournament. We were also told that the Germans have already sold $20 million worth of sponsorship for the tournament. Wow. Needless to say, everyone is expecting this World Cup to raise the bar on the women's game once again.