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Aly Wagner: US Soccer must help NWSL grow

Former U.S. Women's National Team midfielder Aly Wagner.

Former U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Aly Wagner.

A lot of people have had a lot of things to say about the United States women’s national team’s post-World Cup celebrations and the victory tour which has started in the home stretch of the race toward the National Women’s Soccer League playoff race.

Most U.S. players the better part of two weeks to return to playing for their NWSL teams after winning the World Cup, despite an initial agreement before the World Cup to return to teams after five days. What changed was the unprecedented amount of media attention the team returned home to, including a first-ever New York City ticker-tape parade for a women’s sports team.

But through all the celebrations, many have wondered just how much the NWSL has benefited. Attendance is up since the World Cup, sure, but is the league getting as much from the United States’ World Cup win as it could?

Aly Wagner is more than qualified to speak about the growth of women’s soccer. She played for the U.S. for 10 years, scoring 21 goals in 131 appearances, winning two Olympic gold medals and appearing in two World Cups. She is now an analyst for Fox Sports.

On Wednesday, before the United States’ 7-2 win over Costa Rica, Wagner spoke her mind on U.S. Soccer — players and executives — needing to do more for the NWSL, and she spoke (well, typed) a whole lot of truth:

Preach. Can we get Wagner her own TV show…please?


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