I used to love playing soccer when I was younger. I played for roughly 10 years from the time I was about six years old all the way through my sophomore year in high school. Since then, my interaction with the sport has been extremely limited.

Sure, I’ve caught a game or two, here or there. I watched a couple of World Cup games for the men’s U.S. team in the past dozen years, but I admittedly have not followed one bit of the women’s team’s action.

Given the special significance of this weekend, as our country celebrated its birth and independence, I can’t help but feel patriotic and proud of the U.S.’s women’s team for beating Japan and becoming World Cup champions.

America is proud of you, ladies. Job well done!