After their incredible performance at the World Cup, the popularity of the US Women's National Soccer Team skyrocketed.There was much promise for the growth of the women's game.There are so many people passionate about the team and enthusiastic about watching every single game that is available...and yet, US Soccer constantly fails to supply fans with a stream until the very last minute and after days upon days of demanding.
Yes, we do understand that not all games can be covered and streamed. We also understand that sometimes the equipment necessary is not available in certain places where the games are held. We're not ungrateful. We absolutely appreciate what US Soccer does for us.
It's just that fans shouldn't have to beg to watch the #1 team in the world play. I don't think it's greedy or ridiculous to expect equal treatment and to expect US Soccer to act like the women's team is a high priority.
When the men's team, whose game on 5/26 is aired on television, yet the women's sold out game on 5/27 is not even being streamed, something is wrong. We shouldn't have to pester and essentially campaign to have a game streamed. Yes, there is excitement when the announcement is made that fans will get to see the game, but it's also demoralizing to know that there could have been a stream all along. It's tiresome, spending so much time worrying and wondering whether or not we can watch the game, only to finally hear the day before the game that there will be a web stream.
Why it always us making all that effort when you could have made a stream available anyway? This is unfair treatment toward the fans and more so, it's unfair treatment toward the team, who deserves every bit of coverage as the men.
"One game does not a fan make."
Well, yes. That certainly is true.
But how do you expect to gain more fans, to keep the ones you've got, if the only people who get to see the games are the ones actually at the games? For some fans, especially ones outside of the US, that's not even a plausible option.
Please make more USWNT games available to fans. At the very least, we expect for US Soccer to be upfront about why they are choosing not to stream games, despite the huge fan base and available resources. I can promise that fans of the USWNT will remain one hundred percent loyal and supportive of them. I can promise we will continue to fight and to show that we love this team. What I cannot promise, though, is that fans will remain so patient with this association if such treatment is continued.