No, Republicans Did Not Politicize Women’s Soccer

Posted on AllSides August 11th, 2023
From The Right
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The New Republic senior editor Alex Shephard set out to refute the claim, advanced by some on the Right, that the U.S. women’s soccer team’s 5-4 loss to Sweden on penalty kicks was an outgrowth of the team’s commitment to “wokeness.” In that effort, he does a workmanlike job of demonstrating why the team’s tactical decisions on the field are sufficient to explain Monday’s unsatisfying results.

Shephard does, however, take up the claim from “mediocre” former U.S. soccer player Alexi Lalas who called the women’s team “polarizing” to such an extent that it has...

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