American ladies’s soccer followers are having a second

USA World Cup watching celebration at Pig Seashore BBQ in Astoria.
Picture: Erica Snyder

Jessica Scaparo mentioned after watching Dutchman Daniel van de Donk land a conflict with American Lindsey Horan. The incident and ensuing firefight, which noticed Horan shove Van de Donk, have been replayed on a jumbotron and dozens of screens at Pig Seashore BBQ in Astoria, the place a crowd of a whole bunch of American supporters (and a few dozen Dutch) gathered to catch probably the most anticipated matches in historical past. Women’s World Cup Play in Australia and New Zealand.

Regardless of the warmth warning, there was a breeze, and at first, the odor of roast pork wafted by way of the air like a harbinger of victory for the Individuals. “I am not weirdly nervous,” Sarah H mentioned half-hour earlier than kick-off. Not like its male counterpart, the US ladies’s crew is a powerhouse within the sport and the favourite to win the match. Earlier World Cups have been dominated by the problem of pay inequality, which persevered for years regardless of the immense reputation and successful methods of the ladies’s crew. However the ladies signed a landmark equal pay pact final yr, which implies followers will not have to chant “Equal Pay!” At each alternative and might solely concentrate on soccer. The issue at Pig Seashore was that the Dutch acquired the purpose first, and by the point Van de Donk turned Horan right into a heap on the sector, the group was agitated.

Moments later and visibly offended as hell, Horan stormed into the field and slotted a nook kick into the again of the web. The stone pavement shook as the group stomped on the bottom and picnic tables flew off in celebration. Nevertheless, the match resulted in a draw, elevating doubts that the US crew might win all of it. “I really feel like we’ll catch up a bit,” Farid Al-Nasser, who was born and raised within the Netherlands, mentioned of the Dutch nationwide crew. “We’re not fairly there but, however you already know, 1-1 is an effective outcome.”