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.