Posted October 01, 2018 07:30:05When the US Soccer Women’s Cup started, it wasn’t quite a game that people knew what it meant.
But a few months later, the women’s national team was set to make its debut in the US, with the women playing in a friendly against Germany.
The goal of that game, as it was dubbed by some fans, was to become the first team in history to earn a spot in the Women’s World Cup, and it was to be played in front of a crowd of 35,000 spectators in New York City.
But the USWNT, as the team was known, wasn’t the only team with a unique goal.
The sport was in a precarious place.
The women’s game wasn’t gaining traction in the United States and the sport was growing slowly, in the eyes of the American sports landscape.
And the women, who were already the stars of the sport in the country, weren’t getting enough playing time in the league.
That left the American women’s team struggling to find its place in the sport and its future.
“It was a little bit of a transition,” former USWU goalkeeper Jill Ellis told ESPN.com in 2014.
“It was tough to find our niche.
We were getting a lot of attention, but it wasn