New Women’s Soccer League in 2008!

The Women’s Soccer Initiative has announced financial backing for six women’s professional soccer franchises to begin play in 2008.  This is great news except for one thing.  There’s no franchise in Boston!  I recall that the Boston Breakers had a big following and were the closest thing to financial success in WUSA.  Let’s hope that the sixth franchise is Boston bound.

In other news, pioneering US women’s soccer players Julie Foudy and Mia Hamm were enshrined in the National Soccer Hall of Fame.  Yes, the United States has a National Soccer Hall of Fame located in Oneonta, NY not far from baseball’s hall in Cooperstown.  Anyhow, the honor is well-deserved and Panorama of the Mountains congratulates Foudy and Hamm.

They Like US! They Really Like US!

Who loves the USA?  Apparently Nigerians love America according to the Pew Global Attitudes Project. Nigeria is actually second in the poll to the Philippines in answering te question “Is the US a positive influence in the world?”  This is even more surprising since I would expect Filipinos to have lingering resentments from colonialism as well as the effect of increasing Islamism in that country.

A country I’d expect to rank the US highly is Ireland due to close ties between the nations.  The Irish in fact were the only country outside the US to observe a day of mourning following the September 11th attacks.  I doesn’t appear that the pollsters asked the Irish.

I do wonder what specific questions were asked when collecting this data.  The French people and government, for example, famously have a strong dislike and distrust for the United States’ government’s international policy which is reflected in the poll.  On the other hand, ordinary French citizens and ordinary American citizens have long share mutual admiration of one another so much so that they are called the “Cousin cultures.”  I remember when working at Colonial Williamsburg and trying to discuss the Revolution, some elderly French women repeatedly thanked me for helping out in World War II (not that I had anything to do with it).  I don’t know if these aspects are reflected in the polling.