The United States Women’s National Soccer team bowed out unceremoniously on Sunday after losing a lackluster match against Sweden. The match featured only one goal, coming during a shootout at the end that featured not one but three missed penalty kicks by the Americans. However, the missed kick by veteran player and full-time leftist activist Megan Rapinoe was emblematic of the struggles of the American women, and more specifically of Rapinoe’s grievances; completely off the mark.
The 38-year-old former star has spent more time in recent years protesting, kneeling, disrespecting America, and distracting the team than she has actually playing. Between advocating for women’s bodily autonomy in one breath and demanding equal pay in the next, Rapinoe left little time for sports.
Regardless, she played critical minutes against Sweden, and the results were embarrassing. While many soccer fans in America were disappointed with the results, many have been turned off by the antics of the team and weren’t exactly upset by the early exit.
Some on social media took the opportunity to point out what most of the sports world already knows; distractions are bad. Megan Rapinoe was a distraction, and the results were bad. Now that her career is mercifully over, the team has until 2027 and the next World Cup to get back to the task at hand, namely winning soccer matches.
On Monday, yet another high-profile individual, though not in the sports world, spoke out about the obvious issues with this iteration of the Women’s World Cup team. Evangelist Franklin Graham had some choice words for Rapinoe and the squad.
Graham said: “The US Women’s National Soccer Team lost to Sweden yesterday at the 2023 Women’s World Cup. I used to pull for our women’s soccer team, but recently they have shown disrespect for the US & have used their platform to promote the LGBTQ agenda. When they lost, I wasn’t sad.”
Unfortunately, many sports fans felt the same way, especially casual soccer fans that are more familiar with the team’s off-the-pitch shenanigans than their on-pitch performances. It’s difficult to say that it wasn’t slightly satisfying to see the team face-plant after being so bombastic in their self-promotion in terms of equal pay, which they certainly didn’t earn this time around.
Graham continued: “I wish I didn’t feel that way, but when players think it is more about them than the nation they represent, I can’t support that. I agree with former President @realDonaldTrump who said about the team: ‘WOKE EQUALS FAILURE.’”
Graham is referring to former President Trump and his comments in the aftermath of the international failure. Trump said: “The ‘shocking and totally unexpected’ loss by the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team to Sweden is fully emblematic of what is happening to our once great Nation under Crooked Joe Biden. Many of our players were openly hostile to America – No other country behaved in such a manner, or even close. WOKE EQUALS FAILURE. Nice shot Megan, the USA is going to Hell!!! MAGA.”
It is hard to disagree with Trump, even if you aren’t a fan. Megan Rapinoe made it difficult to be an American soccer fan. Not because she is gay or because she espouses radical, leftist ideology, despite what the left and mainstream sports media would have you believe.
So, why is it so hard to root for Rapinoe? Her post-match presser spoke volumes. When asked about what she would take away from her experiences playing for the United States, the gist of her answer was “equal pay.”
Not the championships, the friendships made, or the opportunity to inspire young girls to be active and play soccer, but rather the fact that she bullied the sport into paying equally, despite not selling the same amount of tickets and subsequently bowing out in ignominious fashion.
Thankfully her personal #metoo era is over, and the squad can refocus on the goal ahead, bringing respectability and pride back to American soccer.
"*" indicates required fields