In honor of the NWSL launch, I wanted to revisit the 2001 WUSA Inaugural Game played in Washington, DC on this throwback Thursday.
It was Mia v Brandi and DC was decked out in posters of their faces. At the game, there were parachuters. And Billy Jean King. And Michelle Akers. And the 1999 Women’s World Cup Team. And every legendary women’s soccer player you can imagine from Sun Wen to Kelly Smith was in attendance to see the league launch.
I know many of you think of Brandi as that annoying commentator who criticizes USWNT. But I think of her as the person who eloquently and passionately spoke to me about the importance of the first professional women’s soccer game in the United States.
(If you want to read more about my perspective on women’s professional soccer from back then, go read this. But I can tell you, it hasn’t changed, nor has the financial reality of all of this.)
NWSL may not launch with the same pomp and circumstance that the WUSA did (nor should it). But do not for a second undervalue the significance of NWSL getting off the ground this weekend. This weekend, the legacy continues.
Our favorite players have dedicated themselves to it. Now it’s our turn to do our part. We may not get another shot at this. As they say, third time’s the charm. Overlook whatever little hiccups you may encounter in these early days and focus on what is important: having a professional women’s league.
Go to games, Watch online. But tickets. Buy merchandise. Volunteer. Write about on social media. Tell your friends. Do what you can. Get involved.
Believe me, it will take all of us working together to make it last.