WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. Soccer players said Friday they will stand by the decision to keep the USOC’s tournament going, even if it hurts the league’s overall chances of winning the U.N. Women’s Cup next month.
The U.K.’s FA has expressed support for the tournament, and the league has said the tournament will be expanded to 18 teams and has pledged to provide more opportunities for women.
U.F.C. players say the tournament is too short to produce the right balance of women’s and men’s teams and they will continue to push for more.
“We will continue with our plans to participate in the next round,” U.SF midfielder Megan Rapinoe said.
The tournament began in 2007 and will be played every four years. “
It’s the same with the Women’s World Cup, we’re going to keep pushing for it.”
The tournament began in 2007 and will be played every four years.
It has drawn criticism for being too short and too competitive and has not produced a top-tier team.
The U.G.C., a club from the U-23s, was the last U.A.L. to qualify for the last round in 2009.