I feel like the media totally forgot and skipped over how US Soccer treated Rapinoe and that bullshit anthem policy. US Soccer looks even more pathetic now tbh. They’ll happily sell Pride kits and push the narrative that they’re progressive while not giving a fuck about POC. Honestly (and I say this as a person who has been a fan of the USWNT since forever) we have such a long way to go within the program and the fanbase as a whole.
You know why the regular soccer fans/sports press loves to hate Hope?
Because she is the exception on the middle/upper class upbringing that reigns between the players and the fans in the US. Hope comes from really abusive and poor family, her family was the text book definition of white trash, like for real, her brother used to physically hurt her, and she got recognition by fighting hard her way until the success, and this is the biggest sin on a environment full of rich people that cares more about appearances than talent. Hope is the legend of the Self-made Man (in the case, woman) materialized in the soccer field, and this is a huge slap in the face of the ones that conceived a system created segregate them from people like her. That’s why they are ready to jump in her throat for the slightest mistakes she does. The more they alienate her from the other players, the more they say “this isn’t a game for people like her”. It’s a clear message the USSF passes it: If you are either upper/midclass, you don’t belong in their system.
allie_long_ My Dearest Portland, Thank you for showing me the amount love you have over the past 5 years. You have given me more than I could ever give back. The most meaningful part of playing was doing in front of you. Keep setting the bar for women’s soccer across the globe. It has been an honor to witness and I am so grateful. After 5 years, 2 championships and one shield it’s time for a new challenge in my career. I have so many goals and dreams that I want to accomplish. Seattle is a team with world class talent and an unbelievable coach. I know in that environment I will be pushed to become the best player I can be. I can’t wait to start this chapter, to get to know my team and become apart of a new city. #letitreign#👑#harryiamclose#illmissyou