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We'll be visiting a friend's lake house this Sunday but you can be sure that come 2pm ET, I will be telling my girls, ages 3 1/2 and 5, that this is one time that Mommy wants them to watch TV. That's because it's the U.S. Women’s World Cup final against Japan.
My girls are just getting into soccer. I don't know if they'll remain interested but, for now, they both enjoy it when they play it at camp. My husband and I crack up when they come home and say, "Mommy, I had ten goals today!" Who knew we had such soccer stars in our family?
I watched the start of the US-Brazil match with my youngest and told her, "You see, these girls are really good and they are playing soccer in front of the world." I don't think the significance of the moment really registered with her -- she was more interested in finding toys to play with -- but that's okay.
A few days later when she spooted the cover of the New York Times, she said, "Look Mommy -- soccer!" I couldn't resist the teachable moment and said, "If they win Sunday, they will be the best women's soccer team in the world."
I hope she and my older daughter realize is that this shows girls can reach incredible heights in everything, including sports. No, the ball field just isn't for boys!
When the U.S. Women's team won the World Cup more than ten years ago, I felt so excited for women -- and for all the young girls who might want to grow up to be just like Brandi Chastain. I didn't imagine then that over 10 years later, I would have two little girls -- two life forces who I hope know they can do anything, even try to play soccer on a championship level just like the boys.
The challenges are still huge. I remembered a piece I did back in 2009 for CBS News about how women's professional soccer in the U.S. is still a struggling proposition -- too few fans, not enough support. But you hope that will change with every World Cup moment like the ones this women's team has given us in this tournament.
So you bet I will make sure my girls are watching Sunday. We'll be cheering for the U.S. women's team, for women and for little girls everywhere, including my two, who no doubt will boast about their 10 goals as they watch the American women try to score one!