A group of young women who play or played professionally on the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT) were full of braggadocio ahead of a match last week. That is, until they played a bunch of mostly retired men in their 40s from the U.K.
After the game, though, suddenly the women were not quite as arrogant about their prowess on the grass.
As it happens, the group of retired, older men from the U.K. totally destroyed the team of younger U.S. women with a 12 to 0 final at an independent soccer tournament in North Carolina last Thursday.
The Wrexham men’s team, made up of former and current players took on a team of U.S. women being coached by famed U.S. soccer player Mia Hamm.
The U.S. women came on strong ahead of the game with O’Reilly boasting that the older men’s team was “about to go down.”
— TST (@TST7v7) June 2, 2023
The game was part of an independent soccer tournament called “The Soccer Tournament” where teams assembled for a World Cup-styled tournament. The event was sponsored by the founders of “The Basketball Tournament” and carried a $1 million prize for the last team standing.
But despite O’Reilly’s braggadocio, the men scored four goals only 14 minutes into the game. By halftime, the men were up seven. And before the 40-minute game was done, the men had scored 12 goals.
The women? Nary a one. Zip. Zero. Nada.
After the game, O’Reilly had mysteriously changed her tune and went from bragging about the USWNT’s prowess to the attitude “we don’t care” that the women lost because it’s all about “living,” … or something.
“What’s the worst that could happen? We lose 16-0 to Wrexham? We don’t care because we’re living, we’re being bold, we’re being brave.”@HeatherOReilly knows the result isn’t everything. 🙌
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— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) June 2, 2023
The game is notable considering the long fight the USNWT engaged in to force U.S. soccer to pay the USWNT the same as it pays the male team members. Yet, here these women can’t even beat a middling British men’s team filled with players who have essentially aged out of the sport.
So, much for equal worth for that equal pay. These young women in top condition couldn’t even beat a bunch of guys in their 40s!
None of this is to say that the women are bad players. They routinely win games — and even the Women’s World Cup — when they face other teams of women. But, shockingly, it just seems as if men — who identify as men OR women — are just more powerful, fast, stronger, and better athletes than women, even women at the top of their game.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.