3the u-s women' soccer team is getting ready to face off in the fifa wold cup finals in france tomorrow.
But they have had to face obstacles on and off the field.
I talked to a purdue expert about some of those challenges, and found out how people in the greater lafayette community are ready to support their team.
3"this team has captured their heart"the u-s women's soccer team has dominated in the 2019 fifa world cup competition."i tell ya they take a beating and keep on ticking, they're really good."
"i just ordered my megan rapino jersey."but it hasn't been an easy path for this team.all 28 players are suing u-s soccer for gender discrimination.purdue professor cheryl cooky is an expert on gender inequality in sports."the women are set to earn a maximum of $90,000 this tournament, whereas the men had the potential to earn over a half a million dollars."the u-s men's national team didn't even qualify for the 2018 fifa tournament.cooky says it's all about the three r's..."that's ratings, revenue, and retail"u-s soccer is claiming they don't have to pay the women's team as much money because they don't bring in as many ratings or as much revenue.that wasn't the case in this year's tournament.
"fifa has estimated a number close to 1 billion viewers across all of it's platforms"cooky said u-s soccer data shows the women's team is bringing in 2 million more dollars than the mens team."such a high quality of the sport into our living rooms and into our sports bars and our communities"jerry o'bryan owns nine irish brothers.his west lafayette location was packed for the semi-final game against england."we had a nice crowd in here with the usa and when they finally won that thing it was euphoric"he says this women's team is inspiring the next generation of athletes.
"my granddaughter is 14 and she comes in and she just loves it and she thinks wow, maybe i can do that someday.
And you didn't always have that in women's sports."come game time against the netherlands, team usa will have the support from home."we have such a dominant, athletic, competitive team."
"the american men are tough but the women win titles" 3 nine irish brothers is having a watch party tomorrow for the final game.the are evening opening up half an hour early at 10:30 a.m.the battle against the netherlands kicks