Venturini-Hoch: 'This loss will make you better and stronger'

Women's World Cup

July 17, 2011|By Tish Venturini-Hoch
(Tracy Barbutes…)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Tish Venturini-Hoch was a member of the U.S. women’s soccer team that won the first gold medal in the sport at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. She was also a member of the U.S. team that won the World Cup in 1999. She is a Costa Mesa resident.

I must say congratulations to Japan on its first World Cup title and for an incredible tournament. 

The Japan team played with such skill, heart and class, and most importantly gave its country hope and something to cheer for in such tough times.

I must say thank you to our U.S. team for such an inspiring, entertaining, dramatic team effort in this World Cup. The Americans never gave up and fought so hard to make it to the final game. They showed such amazing heart and perseverance throughout this tournament. They played with great pride for our country and captured the hearts of millions of Americans.


We should all be very proud of their effort and the way they represented all Americans. I hope we embrace them when they come home and give them the credit and attention they deserve. These women are great role models for our children. They work hard, they play fair, they are good people, they are humble and they are gracious in victory and in defeat.

Of course they are devastated that they didn't win but I hope they realize how much inspiration they provided for millions of young people across this nation.

I thought the U.S. played its best soccer of the entire tournament in the final against Japan, especially in the first half. Team USA possessed the ball well, made very few mistake and created a ton of chances.

Unfortunately, the U.S. women were unable to take advantage of the scoring opportunities they had. When you get to the final of the World Cup you must put the ball in the net or at least on the frame of the goal when you get your chances.  The U.S. was just unable to do that, and that was the difference.

I know firsthand how these ladies feel. How disappointed they are. I played on the 1995 World Cup team that came in third in Sweden.

To train most of your life to play in the biggest soccer tournament in the world, on the biggest stage in the world and come up short … is agony.

These players won't forget this feeling, and it will inspire them: to run two extra sprints when they think they couldn't possibly do one, to do one more set of pull-ups when they just want to stop, to get out of bed before the sun rises, to get a workout in before they travel.

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