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Girls’s World Cup champions rejoice with NYC parade and their followers love each minute of it.
Josmar Taveras, USA TODAY

PASADENA, CALIF. — Higher left-hand nook. Decrease right-hand nook. Any nook she wished.

The goaltenders dove a technique, the ball sailed the opposite approach and into the again of the web.

It was virtually 4 hours earlier than kickoff of the U.S. ladies’s nationwide soccer workforce’s victory tour that will start with an exhibition recreation Saturday on the Rose Bowl in opposition to Eire. One other exhibition was underway — in a close-by parking zone.

Emma Levy, a ponytailed, 9-year-old sporting a purple U.S. ladies’s workforce jersey was education would-be goaltenders amid tailgating.

“She’s a killer,’’ one of many males shouted. “No mercy!’’

Tens of 1000’s of followers had been anticipated to descend upon the Rose Bowl to see U.S. stars like Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd throughout the workforce’s first on-field look since they beat the Netherlands 2-0 in the World Cup Final on July 7. Levy’s stellar taking pictures was one clue the the kickoff of the five-game victory tour was about greater than the celebs. 

It was a soccer celebration.

Daughters. Sons. Moms. Fathers. Younger singles. Many wore red-white-and-blue, and a few wore jerseys with rainbow patches, in assist of the LGBTQ neighborhood. Many gathered in a fan fest space with particular points of interest. 

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The 4 World Cup trophies gained by the ladies’s workforce had been on show.

Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy and different members of the 1999 World Cup champions signed autographs.

There was additionally some good-natured trash discuss from Saskia Webber, a backup goaltender on the 1999 workforce.

“When requested in regards to the present U.S. champs, Webber smiled and stated, “They’re trying to catch us.’’ 

5 ladies from 5 states met by happenstance and virtually two hours later had been nonetheless touring the grounds collectively as in the event that they had been lifelong pals.

One of many ladies, Louise Juszkiewicz of Ohio, stated it was a part of the soccer workforce’s magic.

“They only convey all people collectively,’’ she stated.

Sizable crowds are anticipated to collect for the remaining victory tour matches: Aug. 29 in Philadelphia vs. Portugal; Sept. three in St. Paul, Minn. vs. Portugal; Oct. three in Charlotte, N.C. vs. South Korea; and Oct. 6 in Chicago vs. South Korea.

Samatha Wofford of central California introduced her younger daughter, Rylee Reyes, who in flip introduced a poster for the primary of the victory tour video games.

“ONE TEAM ONE DREAM,” it learn.” “Inspiration for all ladies all over the world.’’

Added Trisha Held of Tennessee, “One nation, one workforce, equal pay.’’

There shall be days to focus completely on that subject — equal pay for the the women’s players. And days to take a position about who will replace Jill Ellis because the nationwide workforce’s head coach. And days to marvel what kind of impression this workforce’s success may need on skilled ladies’s soccer.  

However Saturday felt like a celebration of moments within the parking zone, which had been filled with soccer balls and younger gamers like Levy, who was on trip together with her household throughout the World Cup.

“She had the entire time-zone factor found out and we couldn’t make plans on recreation day,’’ Levy’s mom, Annette Levy, stated. “Our entrance yard is a soccer area.’’

On Saturday, so had been the parking tons.

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