LOCAL Houston | The City Guide JUNE 2016 - Page 50

WOMEN’S SOCCER THE NEW GENERATION The recent popularity of women’s soccer is undeniable. Almost a year ago, on July 5, 2015, the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team made history. Not just with an incredible World Cup win over Japan (5–2), but making it the most viewed soccer game in U.S. TV history with 25.4 million tuning in. No one knows the excitement, the momentum and the pressure that comes a year later than the women who play the sport professionally, especially those heading to Rio for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. We had a chance to sit down with JANINE BECKIE, MORGAN BRIAN and ALLYSHA CHAPMAN, Houston Dash teammates and fresh faces of women’s soccer. Here’s what they had t