Let’s hope she’s right.
Even as explosions sounded outside the Stade de France last Friday, the soccer match inside it between the French and German national teams went on. Since that night, the sport of soccer has taken on a certain symbolic significance — its games a means through which countries have been able to show their solidarity in the days since tragedy struck.
Alex Morgan said as much Wednesday morning, when TMZ asked her whether the recent threats on soccer stadiums around the globe have made her “afraid” to step onto the pitch.
“I don’t think soccer should ever make anyone afraid to go out and play,” Morgan said. “I think it brings the world together. It’s really unfortunate what’s going on around the world, having to close down games and all that, but no, I don’t think [I’m afraid].”
The World Cup champion stated that she thinks fans will continue to be “happy to go to games,” given the sport’s ability to unify.
“I don’t think that it’ll scare people,” Morgan added. “I think [the tragedy] is bringing the world together, if anything.”
The 71,223 fans that attended Tuesday’s England-France friendly demonstrated Morgan’s point to a T. The rival teams and their rival fan bases presented a united front when the clock struck 8 p.m. local time Tuesday, all singing the words to the French national anthem to honor the victims of the terrorist attack.
Story by Juliet Spies-Gans