Only one USAREUR poll participant predicts Japan's Women's World Cup victory

July 18, 2011

U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- One U.S. Army Europe poll participant correctly predicted Japan’s thrilling World Cup victory before the semifinal round started, but Japan’s status as an underdog was the trend throughout the tournament.

A series of three polls on the USAREUR website during the FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament asked participants who would take home the cup.

From the start of the tournament until the semifinal round, poll participants cast 88 out of 188 total votes for the U.S. team to win the tournament.

Germany finished closely behind with 73. A handful of votes were cast for Brazil, and Sweden, but Japan finished at the bottom with one vote.

Japan fared marginally better in the subsequent poll that lasted from the start of the semifinal round until the start of the final match; however, the U.S. team was again the heavy favorite among the USAREUR community. Poll participants cast 40 votes for the U.S. out of a total of 47. Japan received only four votes, but it was good enough for second place from a field of four teams.

In the head-to-head matchup between the U.S. and Japan, poll takers were overwhelmingly smitten with the success of the Americans from the team’s two previous games, including the rollercoaster win against Brazil.

Thirty-three poll-takers picked Team USA to take home the cup, with nine votes for Japan shortly before kick-off.

“USA!!!” posted Scott Woodard on the USAREUR Facebook page announcing the poll.

However, Japan did garner some support.

“Honestly it will be hard to call, I will hope the U.S., but it’s a pretty even match,” David Hayes posted first just hours before the start of the game.

Throughout the tournament, many in the U.S. Army Europe community in Germany had the chance to experience women’s soccer first-hand.

Matches took place throughout Germany, many within driving distance of U.S. communities. The U.S. team stayed in Heidelberg while preparing for their match against Colombia in Sinsheim, Germany, July 2. The previous commander of U.S. Army Garrison Heidelberg, Col. William Butcher, greeted Christie Rampone, the captain of the U.S. Women's Soccer Team, June 29.

Soccer fan’s in the USAREUR community immediately took to the USAREUR Facebook page to express their sportsmanship following the tournament’s dramatic conclusion.

“What a fantastic night it will be for such a stricken country in desperate need of collective, national celebration. Well deserved!” Laura Lee MacMahon posted after the game.

“Congratulations to ALL who contributed to the Women's World Cup. A great tournament by the players and the coaches,” Woodard posted in a follow-up message.