apparently Hope said that she’s not friends with players on opposing teams, but Aya is like the one exception obviously. they have such a cute friendship and they respect each other so much after playing together here in the states. for real tho, the Japan/USA rivalry is my favorite because it’s not a really intense “I hate you” kind of rivalry. it’s just two of the best teams in the world playing each other (and always having entertaining games) and then congratulating each other after the game finishes.
apparently the Japanese players respect our team so much that they always say “sorry” after they foul our players which makes me v emotional. and ofc Abby went over and congratulated the JapWNT after they won the WWC 4 years ago, despite how heartbroken she obviously was. and then there’s the players all being cute together after games (Pinoe bowing to them + ruffling their hair, Aya giving our players candy, u know).
Japan/USA is the GOAT woso rivalry tbh