WASHINGTON, D.C. (Thursday, July 20, 2002) - House Republican Conference Chairman J.C. Watts, Jr. (Okla.) officially introduced a resolution this week commending the players and coach of the United States National Soccer Team in the World Cup and encouraging the team prior to tomorrow morning's match versus Germany (live on ESPN and Univision at 7 a.m. ET).
The resolution has not yet been brought to the floor or voted on as of yet, as members of the House are hoping for the U.S. to advance to the semifinals and beyond.
"As our soccer team prepares to play the Germans on Friday, I want to recognize the outstanding job these athletes have accomplished.Getting to the quarterfinals is no easy task," Watts said. "This resolution commends Coach Arena and all of the players of the U.S. National Soccer Team for a job well done."
"The United States National Soccer Team is a perfect example of the American Dream. Rising above low expectations and defeating the dire predictions of sportswriters and pundits, our soccer team has shot and scored their way to the quarterfinals of the 2002 World Cup," said Watts.
"Like so many other underdogs, the U.S. team has proven that with hard work and determination, success can be achieved and odds can be overcome," Watts said.
The resolution, authored by Watts, is H. Res.445. The text of the resolution is below:
Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives with regard to the United States National Soccer Team and its historic performance in the 2002 FIFA World Cup tournament. (Introduced in House)
HRES 445 IH
JUNE 17, 2002
Mr. WATTS of Oklahoma submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Government Reform
Whereas the performance of the United States National Soccer Team in the 2002 FIFA World Cup is the most successful in the history of our participation in the tournament;
Whereas the United States National Team surprised the world by advancing out of the first round of play and reaching the quarterfinals;
Whereas by reaching the quarterfinals the United States signaled that it has become a leading competitor in international soccer ;
Whereas the 3 goals scored in the first game victory were the most ever scored in 1 game by a United States men's team in the World Cup;
Whereas the United States National Team advanced out of group play into the second round of the World Cup for just the third time;
Whereas the 2 to 0 win in the second round was the first time the United States National Team has won a game in a `knock-out' round of the World Cup;
Whereas this win marks the first time since 1930 that a United States team has advanced to the quarterfinals of the World Cup;
Whereas the Team's achievement reflects the explosive growth in popularity of soccer in the United States;
Whereas the United States National Team's performance symbolizes the emerging role of soccer for young Americans in sports and society; and
Whereas the United States National Team's performance speaks to parents about the importance of athletic participation for building character and confidence in their children: Now, therefore, be it
- Resolved, That the House of Representatives--
- (1) congratulates the United States National Soccer Team for its historic performance in the 2002 World Cup;
- (2) recognizes Bruce Arena, the head coach of the United States Team, and every player on the Team for their dedication to excellence; and
- (3) commends the United States Soccer Federation and coaches and parents of young soccer players around the country for their role in the success of soccer in the United States.