Listen up, America. It’s time to get behind your team.
The U.S. Women’s National Team is about to play in the World Cup final on this very same weekend in which our nation celebrates its 239th birthday. After a day of embracing your American-ness and getting whipped into a patriotic frenzy, you can avoid a post-nationalistic hangover by indulging in America’s newest favorite pastime: soccer.
This isn’t just any game though; it’s a championship game. Basically, that means that even if you haven’t watched a second of the World Cup or even if you despise soccer to your very core, as an American it is your obligation to watch our women take on a team that has been their nemesis of late on the international stage: Japan.
This match will be a rematch of the 2011 World Cup final, which ended with the Japanese handing the Americans an agonizing loss on penalty kicks (please, whatever you do, don’t call them “penalty shots”). The good ol’ U-S-of-A turned the tables on Japan in the 2012 Olympics, winning the gold medal with a 2-1 victory on the strength of a pair of goals from Carli Lloyd.
And this weekend, we shall settle once and for all just who is the superior soccer nation. And while we all know it’s going to be the Americans who (as always) come out on top, we still owe it to the defensively-dominant USWNT to show our support across the nation.
So read on, temporary soccer fans. We have amassed here everything you need to know about the American team and their World Cup journey so far, and you can now attend any viewing party you like and at least sound like you know what you’re talking about. Here’s Everything You Need to Know Before the Women’s World Cup Final.