The last hurrah? USA have blazed the trail but Europe is closing in

The US have won three World Cups, and also helped make the womens game what it is today. Even if their reign ends, they should be praised It would be difficult to script a more idyllic beginning. On a balmy August afternoon in 1985, the US womens national team warmed up for their first ever game on a pristine pitch in Jesolo, a stunning resort town on the Adriatic coast of Italy. The sky was cloudless, the stands were filled and, to make the visitors feel welcome, Bruce Springsteen boomed over the PA system. In that moment, it hit USA goalkeeper Kim Wyant that she might be a part of history in the making. She looked around the stadium and …