In case you haven't heard, tonight is the faceoff between the U.S. women's soccer team and China in the quarterfinals of the World Cup.
But in case you also haven't heard, Andy Benoit—a contributor at Sports Illustrated—thinks women's soccer and "women's sports in general [are] not worth watching." And then, in case you still hadn't caught wind, Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers took DOWN Benoit for his comments in a revival of their former SNL segment "Really!?! With Seth & Amy" on Late Night with Seth Meyers.
Now you're all caught up.
Aside from the fact that the game will undoubtedly be entertaining, here are 5 reasons you should cuddle up on the couch tonight with your family and cheer on the good ole' US of A:
1. Model behavior. According to Forbes, soccer is the second most popular youth sport in America. If your child is one of the 25 million kids lacing up her cleats each week, take advantage of this opportunity to inspire her. Even if your kid isn't on a team, watching elite players will show him the value of sticking with the sport and setting GOOAAAAALLLLLS!!!!
2. Show your pride. There's something unique about watching these international athletic showdowns. I'm not an unpatriotic person, but I'm also not waving my American flag from the window each day. Yet, when the Olympics or the World Cup roll around, it's amazing to see the fight, determination, and talent in the athletes battling for our country to take home the title. Our teams are representations of our values. As is the American Dream, we believe in hard work, dedication, and following your passion. Your kids will notice that in the players on the field.
3. Teach them teamwork. Nothing great in life is accomplished alone. They say "it takes a village to raise a child." When we tune in to awards shows, winners rush to spit out the names of everyone who helped them earn that statue. In soccer, your kids will witness collaboration in action.
4. Inspire your daughter. Sadly, there are too many people who share Benoit's sentiments: That, somehow, women's sports are less worthy, entertaining, or competitive than men's. Show your daughter (and your son) that women are worth watching. The women of this World Cup team are strong, fit and at the top of their game. I think that's worth the screen time.
5. Support moms like you. Did you know that 3 players on the Women's World Cup team are moms? Christie Rampone, captain of the U.S. National Team, Shannon Boxx and Amy Rodriguez are all mothers hoping to make their kids proud. Now that sounds like something we can relate to and admire!
P.S. If you want to introduce your kids to the team before you watch, check out these quick videos!
Ruthie Fierberg is an editorial assistant at Parents. Though she does not have children of her own, she's practically been raising kids since her first babysitting job at age 11. She is also our resident theater aficionado. Follow her on Twitter @RuthiesATrain.