FC Kansas City rookie Shea Groom remembers soccer popularity blowing up as the U.S. women’s national team won the Women’s World Cup in 1999.
Now, she’s viewing it from a different angle, watching teammates Lauren Holiday, Becky Sauerbrunn, Amy Rodriguez and Heather O’Reilly fight for another title. The U.S. national team will face Colombia at 7 p.m. on Monday in Edmonton, Canada, in a round-of-16 game at the Women’s World Cup.
It will be shown on Fox Sports 1.
“Being a rookie in the league, you get to play with some of the most talented players,” Groom said. “To watch them do their thing on the screen was pretty cool. To watch them living out their dream and do something they’ve dreamed about and worked hard for is pretty awesome.”
Holiday, Sauerbrunn and Rodriguez helped FC Kansas City capture its first National Women’s Soccer League championship last season. Heather O’Reilly was acquired through a trade and the Blues have an Australia national teamer in Katrina Gorry, who already made it to the quarterfinals with a 1-0 victory against Brazil.
Australia will face the winner of Japan and the Netherlands, who play at 9 p.m. on Tuesday in Vancouver.
Holiday and Sauerbrunn have started all three of the national team’s games so far. Rodriguez subbed in against Sweden on June 12. Although O’Reilly is the most experienced of the four, playing her third World Cup, she is waiting for her first minutes. Holiday, Sauerbrunn and Rodriguez are playing in their second World Cup and the group has a combined 554 caps with the U.S. women’s national team.
If the U.S. advances, it will face China on Friday in Ottawa.
FC Kansas City will play host to a watch party in the Boulevard Members Club at Sporting Park on Monday night. It will be free to the public and doors open at 6 p.m.