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You Should Be Watching Women's Soccer

This article originally appeared in The New York Times.

THE U.S. IS THE BEACON, BUT AS WE APPROACH THE 2019 WORLD CUP, WOMEN’S SOCCER IS BOOMING ALL OVER THE GLOBE.

When the United States beat the reigning champions Japan in the 2015 Women’s World Cup final, it felt like a high-water moment. Over watched — the largest ever for a broadcast of American soccer, male or female. I worried that women’s soccer would then retreat back into the shadows, no one following it again until the next World Cup or Olympic cycle. But since that milestone, the women’s soccer world has been, to my great surprise, full of good news.

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