Fuel Soccer Talk: Big turnout in Chicago; the perfect backyard backstop; Gio Reyna impresses

Has World Cup success finally translated to long-term interest?

It’s happened before. U.S. soccer scores a big victory on the biggest stage and then returns home to a collective yawn after the excitement fades away. But maybe, just maybe, the US women’s soccer team’s triumph at the World Cup has some staying power. An impressive 17,388 fans showed up to watch their favorite U.S. women’s national team players return to National Women’s Soccer League play in Chicago last week.

The support for women’s soccer and equal pay for women across all lines of work has swelled in the wake of the U.S. women’s World Cup title. Are fans finally becoming more interested in women’s sports?

‘‘I think you’re seeing a movement,’’ Red Stars midfielder Morgan Brian said after the team’s 2-1 victory against the Courage in an article in the Chicago Sun Times. ‘‘Women’s soccer is here to stay. Obviously, the World Cup is a huge bump. . . . I think now it’s about putting a great product on the field and making [fans] see it’s a great product.’’

The sellout crowd, the first in the Red Stars’ history, was a huge boost for NWSL players, coaches and anybody who has supported the league from the beginning. But now the question becomes how the league can sustain the interest.


Frustrated father of a young soccer player creates the perfect backstop

I came across this recently and if I had a young soccer player sitting at home this would be in my back yard. Check it out!

Open Goaaal (OG) is a soccer goal invented by a frustrated father of a young soccer player. We’ve all experienced it in in the back yard….After years of chasing soccer balls over the fence, or down the block; fetching balls from the flower beds, or the neighbors yard, Jonathan figured there has to be a better solution. After some research, Jon found that his experience was not unique at all…rather it was the norm! Soccer nets, goals, trainers, and rebounders were often more of a pain point than a source of enjoyment (for the parents at least!).

Based on those experiences, Open Goaaal was born.

“Gio Reyna has no difficulties with the kind of football Borussia Dortmund plays”

He may only be 16, but USA youth international Gio Reyna made quite the impression on Borussia Dortmund head coach Lucien Favre during the club’s summer tour of his homeland this month.

Reyna only joined BVB‘s U19 side at the start of July but was included in the senior squad’s Stateside visit, which included pre-season victories over the Seattle Sounders and reigning European champions Liverpool in Indiana.

He quickly showed he had not made the trip simply to make up the numbers. The attacking midfielder came off the bench in the 3-1 win in Seattle – almost scoring with a header just before half-time – and was in the starting line-up against Liverpool, providing an assist for Paco Alcacer in a 3-2 triumph.


LET’S TALK: OK, now you’ve read what’s on my mind…what are your thoughts on the above or any other “football” happenings?

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