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CALIFORNIA DREAMIN': U.S WOMEN'S WORLD CUP TEAM IN FINALS
Published July 6, 1999
The U.S. defeated Brazil in the '99 Women's World Cup semifinals before 73,123 fans at Stanford Stadium on Sunday. In DC, William Gildea wrote that, "A festive throng, including countless enthusiasts with red, white and blue attire and painted faces, drowned out the persistent samba beat of Brazil's vastly outnumbered rooters in the stadium" (WASHINGTON POST, 7/5). In N.Y., Ursula Reel, on the U.S.: "The Americans are 90 minutes away from their second world championship and cashing in on their swelling, surprising popularity" (N.Y. POST, 7/5). In Boston, John Powers: "Some people will tell you that whether the US actually wins the World Cup is almost irrelevant in the long run. The team has already done everything else asked of it. ... It got more than respectable TV ratings. It was terrific with the media" (BOSTON GLOBE, 7/6). In Sacramento, Mark Kreidler, on the fans: "Families piled into Stanford Stadium. They biked onto the university campus in fours and fives. They came belted into strollers, strapped into backpacks" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 7/5). In Seattle, Laura Vecsey: "[It's] a team that has given the summer and the sporting landscape such a feeling of freshness and beauty" (SEATTLE POST- INTELLIGENCER, 7/5). In N.Y., George Vecsey, on the U.S. advancing to the finals: "This is the big time, and it may never come around again like this in their careers, and they are enjoying every roar, every ache" (N.Y. TIMES, 7/5). MORE REAX: In CA, Randy Youngman, on Saturday's championship match: "Will David Letterman show up to cheer on Destiny's Darlings?" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 7/5). USA TODAY's Christine Brennan, on the U.S. players: "They're polite and they're bold. They're kind and they're fearless. ... They were made to be on television" (USA TODAY, 7/6). In San Diego, Tod Leonard, on MF Michelle Akers: "She was Mia Hamm before Mia Hamm" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 7/6). NEXT UP, CHINA: China defeated Norway on Sunday before a "vocal, boundlessly enthusiastic crowd of" 28,986 (BOSTON HERALD, 7/5). In N.Y., Reel & Italiano report that all 92,000 seats "are spoken for -- to the glee of the red-hot soccer mamas of the American team" (N.Y. POST, 7/6). CNN's Charles Feldman: "Saturday's championship match clearly marks the beginning of a new and exciting phase for women's soccer. It means it is here to stay and to borrow a line from Arthur Miller, `Attention must be paid'" (CNN, 7/5).