Dear brothers and sisters on the Stoppage Time. We are gathered here today outside the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana to commemorate the 104-game home game unbeaten run of the USA Women’s National Team, losing to Bruno Bini‘s China women’s national football team 1-0 on a goal from Wuhan Ladies midfielder Wang Shuang, who read the last rites in front of a half-capacity crowd (32,950) in the 59th minute. The goal was Shuang’s fourth in 30 appearances for the world-famous Steel Roses, a longtime traditional rival of the USA, and whose victory rekindles that rivalry dating back to 1999.
The winning streak dates back to Nov. 6, 2004, in a loss to Denmark following a similar Victory Tour after the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. It leads me to wonder, why have these sorts of Victory Tours after winning an Olympic gold medal or a FIFA Women’s World Cup? It’s an absolute waste of time and sells out the achievements of one of the best teams in women’s world football.
The death of this home unbeaten streak is bad news for Jill Ellis as well. The USWNT manager has Olympic qualification coming up, and losing that tournament could cost her a future with the women’s national team. To this end, we appeal to Coach Ellis: “Smarten up, the Chinese are coming. Sound the March of the Volunteers”
Here at the Stoppage Time, Abby Wambach‘s retirement from the game is not what were are going to focus on. It’s the fact that the USA women’s national team are still capable of not playing the game properly, not playing the game to their high standards and deliberately robbing the fans of their hard-earned cash with a loss.
They got beaten by a bunch of young maidens from the People’s Republic of China, a two-time winner of the Algarve Cup, the current squad of whom are in their early to mid 20’s. It is a humiliating demise of an unbeaten run that begs the questions as to whether or not the USA can rise like a phoenix (thanks Conchita Wurst), start to actually play the game correctly and defense their now-tarnished Olympic gold medal won in London.
For the time being, let us all rise and offer a moment of silence and a pouring of a few 40s for the USA Women’s National Team’s home unbeaten streak, which came to a cruel end too soon and too cheaply, off a routine counterattack.
That is all. Dismissed. Time to start a new streak.