ALWAYS.

Well, friends, the World Cup ends tomorrow and I have SO MANY FEELINGS.

To reference a twitter rant from earlier in the tournament: I wanted everyone to win. Seriously. When you know how much adversity these teams face to simply EXIST, it’s impossible to root against any of them. 

I mean, when you know about the fresh hell Brazilian players endure and the fact that they were BANNED from playing at all until 1981 (in the country that invented “the beautiful game” no less), how can you NOT want them to win?

When you know about the struggles of the Nigerian team, which has absolutely dominated women’s soccer in Africa but has to continually protest their federation to be paid, how can you NOT want them to win?

When you know about the fight of Chilean and Argentinian players JUST TO BE RECOGNIZED AS TEAMS, how can you NOT want them to win?

When you know that France, one of the best teams in this tournament, would lose their spot in the 2020 Olympics if they didn’t beat the U.S. in the quarterfinals, how could you NOT want them to win?

And, of course, when you know that the USWNT is competing while ALSO suing their federation for discrimination, and that co-captain Rapinoe considers herself a “walking protest” of all that is wrong in this country, how can you NOT want them to win?

TL;DR, these are panels that I love but didn’t make it into my comic for The Nib last month. Sports are unquestionably political. They are also inspiring, infuriating, hopeful, and deeply personal.

Support for the World Cup was incredible this year. And we have so far to go.

 

WE’VE GOT THIS

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Finally! I started this comic last season and finally had a chance to finish it. I love The Storm so much. Do you know that they are ONE GAME away from winning the championship? It’s true. You can watch them take on the Mystics (broadcast, as they will play in DC) THIS WEDNESDAY.

ALSO, last week I was working on this comic at the playground after school. Two first-grade girls came over and asked what I was doing. After I told them, they described how they had gone to a Storm game together earlier in the season. Then they asked if they could help with the comic. Um, YES PLEASE! So, without further ado, here are their panels about the Storm vs the Connecticut Sun:

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THE LAST REIGN FC COMIC: RAPINOE

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Thanks to all of you who read these player comics – it was such a dream to make them. It seems fitting to end this series with the woman who made me a fan of the National Women’s Soccer League in the first place.

Also, Rapinoe’s hometown of Redding, California was recently devastated by the Carr Fire. If you’re in a position to do so, please consider donating to her recovery fundraiser:  https://www.facebook.com/donate/1910197352373399/.

 

REIGN FC COMICS: SPENCER

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I can’t believe I forgot to post this comic! Loved, loved making this one. Also, the Reign are holding tight to that 2nd place spot in the standings. If this holds for the next two weeks, they’ll be heading to the playoffs for the first time in 2 years. Come out and support them! Next match is Tuesday, 8/21 at 7:30!