U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be rooting for the U.S. women’s team as they face off against Japan tonight in a bid to win a record third Women’s World Cup soccer title.
“I am going to be watching” on television, Clinton told Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou during a visit to Athens today. “I’m so excited. I am so proud of the U.S. women.”
Clinton’s daughter Chelsea will be part of the official delegation led by Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, in Frankfurt, Germany, to watch the final match.
“We have a really good cheering section and I’ve just got the highest hopes that this great team, which has such resilience, will be coming back and winning for the U.S.,” Clinton said.
The U.S. reached the final four after having a player sent off against Brazil in the quarterfinals and scoring a goal with seconds remaining in extra time to tie the game and force a penalty shootout, which it won 5-3. The game drew the largest big-market audience for a tournament game in 12 years, according to ESPN. The U.S. beat France 3-1 in the semi-final.
“The game that they played against Brazil, which Bill and I watched on the Internet, was one of the best soccer games I’ve ever seen,” Clinton said.
The U.S. last played for the title when it won its second World Cup in 1999 on a penalty shootout against China. Japan joins China as the only Asian nations to reach the final of the quadrennial tournament.
Clinton’s stop in Greece is her second on a globe-spanning 12-day trip that will take her to India, Indonesia, Hong Kong and China. She has already spent two days in Turkey.