*In my “On Soccer” column, I write about the timing of the U.S. Women’s World Cup heroics and soccer’s place on the American sports landscape.
*Post Metro columnist Petra Dvorak writes about the challenges for women’s pro sports and how success in international competition doesn’t necessarily ensure a prosperous league.
*Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, will lead the presidential delegation at Sunday’s final in Frankfurt, the White House announced. Philip D. Murphy, U.S. ambassador to Germany, and Chelsea Clinton will also attend.
*Nelly the Elephant picks Japan to defeat the United States.
*Join former USA star Carin (Jennings) Gabarra for a live online chat at 1 p.m. ET today. Submit questions, follow along and read the transcript here.
*About 3.35 million viewers tuned into ESPN on a midweek afternoon to watch the USA’s semifinal victory over France — the largest non-weekend audience for a Women’s World Cup match ever and the fourth largest in ABC/ESPN WWC history. The top five local markets were Baltimore, Cincinnati, Las Vegas, San Diego and Washington. Through the entire tournament, the top markets are Baltimore, Cincinnati, Washington, San Diego and Greensboro, N.C. Another 450,000 watched on ESPN3.com Wednesday, the largest audience for the online feed since the 2011 college football championship.
*If you haven’t voted in our USA-Japan poll, what are you waiting for?
*American forward Jozy Altidore confirmed that he’s moving to AZ in the Dutch top flight. Most recently, he was with Bursaspor in Turkey. AZ’s director of football is former USA international Earnie Stewart, who was in the States for the USA-Spain friendly in Foxborough, Mass., last month.
*The campaign to finance the Jay DeMerit documentary is nearing its financial goal, but the deadline is days away.