Saturday’s Daily Briefing: Women’s World Cup also has an FAU angle
As you may or may not know, the Women’s World Cup begins today and it will provide another FAU angle to a semi-major sporting event.
The USA team features players such as Abby Wambach, Christie Rampone and keeper Hope Solo.
No, they didn’t play for FAU, but they do play at FAU – for the magicJack of the Women’s Professional Soccer League, which calls Boca Raton home.
Dale Long at FAU Sports Information put together a Q&A with Owls women’s soccer coach Brian Dooley and here is an excerpt.
Q: Several U.S. women's national team members also play for magicJack, which play its home matches at Florida Atlantic University. Do you see the interest level in women's soccer increasing in the South Florida region because these top-tier players are playing in Boca Raton?
A: Having these players on the magicJack team certainly gives the South Florida community the opportunity to see the world's best players right here on our campus. Role models for young female soccer players are here. It will serve to inspire the next generation of regional stars. Abby Wambach, Hope Solo, Christie Rampone, Shannon Boxx, Becky Saurbrunn and Jill Loyden understand the impact they can have as ambassadors for the game in the area.
The magicJack made some headlines earlier in the year with the unusual way the franchise is run, but the product on the field apparently is first-class. The national team players will be back after the World Cup is over and it just might be worth taking in a match.
Former FAU pitcher Brandon Kloess was the subject of the latest installment of our summer series, Former Owl Friday.