Over the weekend, the US Women’s National Team was crushed by the men’s Wrexham AFC team in a 12-0 defeat.
Wrexham, a Wales-based team owned by American actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, is part of England’s fourth tier League Two. Both teams were made up of current, former, and special guest players.
The women’s national team had only five shot attempts on the goal compared to Wrexham’s 39 chances at a goal.
The US soccer team was managed by Mia Hamm, featuring players such as Heather O’Reilly and Lori Lindsey, the first of which has won three Olympic medals playing for the US women’s team.
"We’re super Proud," O’Reilly told NBC Sports after the game. "Hopefully we’ve proved to anybody just go for it, just live. What’s the worst that could happen? We lose 16-0 to Wrexham? We don’t care because we’re living, we’re being bold and we’re being brave. Here we have two amazing products that American soccer fans are getting behind. It’s just a ton of fun and it’s brought all of us together."
The tournament was played between June 1 and 4, and boasted a $1 million winner-takes-all prize. The tournament rules were a twist on regular soccer rules, with no offsides, no draws, no slide tackles, and other nontraditional rules.
Wrexham was ultimately knocked out of running for the prize money, with Newtown Price FC winning over SLC FC in the final game on Sunday.
This isn’t the first time the USWNT has lost to a male team. In 2017, the team played against the FC Dallas U-15 boys academy team in preparation for two friendly games against Russia, losing 5-2, according to CBS Sports.
The women’s team's loss to Wrexham comes at a time when the protection of women’s sports has been in the spotlight, with many noting the differences between males and females in athletic ability, even if a biological male were to undergo a gender transition.
Video out of Australia last month from Reduxx showed biological male Riley Dennis injuring a female player during a match, aggressively tackling the player, who fell to the ground.
A source told Reduxx, "The St. George player was unable to train until later in the week and when she did, it was only very lightly."
Megan Rapinoe, a two-time Olympic medalist in soccer, told Time Magazine in June of 2022 that she;s "100 percent supportive of trans inclusion" in sports.
"People do not know very much about it. We’re missing almost everything. Frankly, I think what a lot of people know is versions of the right’s talking points because they’re very loud. They’re very consistent, and they’re relentless," she added.
Rapinoe continued to tell women and girls that sports are "not the most important thing in life," despite herself being a professional athlete.
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