I’m not going to pretend to be a huge soccer fan. I’m not going to pretend that I cared about the Women’s World Cup when it all started. But, what I will say is this: the U.S. women’s team deserves a lot of credit. For a sport that isn’t popular at all here, they have consistently been one of the dominating teams ever. They are looking for their third World Cup title and will become the first nation to do so if they win.

They win in dramatic fashion, ┬ámuch like the men’s team, seemingly grabbing victory out of certain defeat. And they’ve helped me realize how much of an art soccer can be. True, it’s slow, which turns off many American audiences who have short attention spans. But, it is exciting, it is tense. To see nation’s get behind their teams, there’s nothing quite like it. So, bravo women’s team. You’ve made a soccer fan out of me.

Lukas Eggen