The U.S. Women’s World Cup win was a thrilling victory for millions of fans. Now, we're already seeing young soccer players use the monumental moment as new found inspiration.
Young athletes are kicking the ball a little bit harder and running a little bit faster after our nation's 5-2 win over Japan on Sunday.
"I think what we witnessed yesterday is again, an inspiring of a generation,"
Mark Gibbs, the Director of Coaching at the Houston Express Soccer club says it's that inspiration which fuels his players.
"I think it's a moment you can't take away. It's a moment years from now that girls will say 'I remember watching that.'"
One of those girls is 12-year-old Annie Powell.
"My goal is to make it to the Olympics," she says.
Like many of the young women we talked with, Annie has big dreams to bring new light to a sport that sometimes gets stuck in the shadows.
"It's really fun and competitive," she tells us. "It's a team sport and that's really helpful."
Much like the World Cup win in 1999, this USA team will be talked about for years to come as more and more young athletes decide that soccer is now their go-to sport.
"They all look up to them and that's why they're here. A lot of them have those big dreams. We're just here to fuel the fire," Rachel Neese, a youth trainer said.
Ratings reports show that more people watched the Women's World Cup Soccer Finals than the NBA Finals or the Stanley Cup.