Local soccer fans cheer on USWNT to World Cup victory

The U.S. defeated the Netherlands 2-0 on Sunday in the World Cup final.

Posted: Jul 7, 2019 10:51 PM
Updated: Jul 8, 2019 9:46 AM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Northeast Mississippi was not immune from 'World Cup fever.'

Buffalo Wild Wings in Tupelo opened its doors early on Sunday to show the women's World Cup Final between the U.S. and the Dutch.

The Americans did not disappoint.  The U.S. defeated the Netherlands 2-0 and captured their second-straight World Cup victory.

However, one man at Buffalo Wild Wings watched the match differently from most fans.  Jordon Beedle, a native of England, is the director of coaching for the Tupelo Football Club.

Beedle explained why he thinks the USWNT has been so dominant on the world stage.

"I think it's the history of women's soccer in the U.S.," said Beedle.  "The face that year on year they keep producing top players, and the teams that they've had just learn of the next team."

We all marvel at the American's skill, but the USWNT has had a greater impact on society.  They have inspired a nation of young female soccer players.

"A bunch of us, when we grow up, we want to be like them, and we want to play like them," said Lilly Donnell, a 13-year-old soccer player at TCPS.  "Knowing that they can make it this far is real inspiring because we think we're gonna be able to make it up there too."

"I think they're great role models," said Jordon Beedle.  "Especially the stage that they're performing on, and the level that they play at just feeds into the next generation of soccer players, especially in this area who want to play soccer and want to reach that level where they can join a soccer team, play, and hopefully reach the same heights of these girls who are playing today."

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