Because what Abby shared is the ultimate realization of what happens when you let little girls play sports. They become part of something bigger than themselves, something bigger than a game, and the resulting confidence, camaraderie, and connections they build pay dividends long after they hang up their cleats or play their last minute.
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But then some Americans decided that a soccer match was an appropriate reason to bring up the death and destruction of World War II, including calling the match “payback” for the Japanese attack on America’s Pearl Harbor. Sounds too stupid to be real? Yeah, that’s what I thought too.