On their road to winning the World Cup last week, the US Women’s National Soccer Team picked up a whole host of hyped up, hitchhikin’ fans chanting “USA!” at pubs across the nation. Take this quiz to see if you are a true, red-white-and-blue women’s soccer fan, or just someone who jumped on the bandwagon for a bit!
1. How do you pronounce “Rapinoe”?
Usually Rappin-o, but syllable emphasis changes each time you say it.
2. Who is Hope Solo?
Goalkeeper for the USWNT from 2000-2016.
3. Who is Abby Wambach?
The highest all-time scorer for the USWNT.
Not sure, but definitely someone I would name a pet wombat after.
4. Who or what is Mia Hamm?
A soccer icon who helped pave the way for those who came after her.
A delicious, personal size pork dish from Italy that I’d like to try.
5. The year is 1999. The name is Brandi. What do you think of?
The iconic photo of Brandi Chastain with her shirt off after kicking the winning penalty kick of the 1999 Women’s World Cup.
The iconic dueling duet between Brandi and Monica in which they argue over who the boy belonged to.
6. Did you know that the US has a professional national women’s soccer league?
Hahahaha, good one! But, like, for reals, we should have professional soccer for women, too.
7. In soccer, what is a dribble?
Keeping control of the ball while running by tapping, dragging, or rolling it in front of the body.
I’m not gonna be fooled by your trick question; that’s something you do in basketball.
8. What do terms like “handball” and “header” refer to?
Playing the soccer ball with any part of the arm below the armpit (an offense) and playing it with the forehead.
Sexual acts teenagers do in cars to get to third base.
9. What does it mean to “nutmeg”?
To dribble the ball between a defender’s legs.
To bust a nut while watching Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail, City of Angels, or any other Meg Ryan film from the ‘90s.
10. How many World Cups has the USWNT won?
One...I’m pretty sure we didn’t have women’s soccer before this year.
Answer Key: All correct answers are 1.
8-10 questions correct: True Fan
Well done! You probably call it “football” so you sound like a cool European.
4-7 questions correct: Borderline Bandwagon
You don’t know much, but you know just enough that the Trump administration would be willing to put you in charge of our national soccer team.
0-3 questions correct: Bandwagon, baby!
Hope you enjoyed the ride--see you again if they make it to the gold medal game in Tokyo 2020!
Jonda Robinson is a writer and performer living in Dallas, TX. She loves the way she feels in a ladies' cut polo.