World Cup victory sparks interest in youth soccer

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – World Cup Champions. And a record 20-plus billion people watched… as the U.S. Women’s Team defeated Japan. So how will that victory impact local soccer teams?

2 NEWS spoke with Dutch Lions Head Coach Gavin Macleod about just that. Macleod said anytime a big victory like this happens they do see an increase in the amount of people registering to play.

He said he certainly expects to see an increase in those coming out to play club soccer starting in August… not just in girls soccer, but boys as well.

He also said he could see an increase in excitement in his players coming into today’s practice, but says it was quickly diminished after they got down to conditioning.

He says there’s always an upsurge in participation in soccer when victory’s happen like last night’s 5-2 win over Japan.

“It’s always going to be a positive the better the women’s team does,” Macleod said. “It’s always going to inspire the next generation of players as they always say and you can’t really be any more inspire by them than being the world champions.”

If you’re interested in seeing the Dutch Lions, you can catch them at their next home game Saturday, July 11th as they take on the Washington Spirit Reserves at West Carrollton High School. If they win on Saturday, they’ll advance to the final four in the W league.

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