Brad Rock: With U.S. women's soccer, proof is in the practices
For U.S. women's soccer, proof OF ARRIVAL is in practice ATMOSPHERE
And so the Americans look toward the Olympics in London, having gained a result against Canada for the 26th straight time. How nice for them. But the real prize is Japan, which Team USA finally beat 4-1 recently in Sweden after losing or tying in three previous tries.
If the USWNT isn't yet vindicated, you couldn't tell by the Rio Tinto crowd. USA shirts, face-paints and Uncle Sam hats were everywhere. Long lines packed the merchandise booths. Acknowledging the audience of squeaking girls and ebullient adults on Friday, coach Pia Sundhage labeled her team "the very best role models in the world."
She went on to say she was truly impressed with the attendance at a practice.
"That didn't happen back in the good old days," she said.
But it happened on Saturday, after the game, all over again.
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