UPDATE: Team USA is in the finals today at 2:45 p.m. EST – watch with your KID-Os!!!
Originally posted 7/13: Here’s a question: What to you have in common with the captain of the US Women’s World Cup soccer team? Lots, we bet.
The U.S. women’s soccer team is one game away from its first World Cup title since 1999, after defeating France 3-1 on Wednesday in the semi-finals. Our soccer MAMAs, scored early in the game and then got pooped out for a bit – but, they got their second wind and beat the younger French team, rallying to score two goals in the final 11 minutes. GOOOOOOAAAAALLLL!
This team is extraordinarily talented and is being touted as one of the greatest teams in American sports. They are known for their leadership and teamwork. They share credit for great plays in post-game interviews and seem to be focused on the big picture rather than individual glory – yep, sounds like most moms!
MOMism: “Team spirit.” MAMAs know that working as a team is the key to winning and S-U-C-C-E-S-S. Our families are the first team kids are a part of, so we need to prepare them for the game of life. While they are little, we are the coach and they are learning the rules of the game. Through our example, they learn how to be good sports, cheerleaders, players, captains and spectators. The spirit of fairness, hard work and good sportsmanship – win or lose – are the lessons we impart to them. MAMAs are the ones that prepare them to be productive participants in all of life’s “team” pursuits – athletics, school, career, marriage and parenthood.
Oh, and the answer to the question at the top? MAMAs have a lot in common with team captain, Christie Rampone. She is the mom of two young daughters and says, “I think I’ve enjoyed playing soccer more as a mom than I did beforehand.” Being a professional soccer player and the mom of two is a big job…lots of balls to keep in the air, so to speak. But this REAL soccer mom is proof that MAMAs can do it all!
Way to go soccer MAMAs – bring the cup HOME- good luck in the finals! MAMAS – do you think girls are better team players?