Many fans posting here believe that the WUSA helped narrow the gap between the USWNT and the rest of the world. There is some truth to this. If this is true, it follows that Title IX, as applied after 1993, helped the rest of the world catch up to us and created competition that we never had before. We won the WWC in 1991, 2 years before the Cantu initiatives applied a quota to sports in U.S. universities. We won the WWC again in 1999, and almost all the key players entered universities before the fall of 1993. Title IX had nothing to do with developing the players that brought 2 Women’s World Cups. Title IX had a lot to do with helping competitors develop national teams. Universities struggling to meet the quota eliminated hundreds of men’s teams and added women’s teams as fast as they could. They looked abroad and gave hundreds of scholarships to foreign women instead of American men. I read an article in the Chicago Sun-Times which claimed a local university had soccer players from 5 different countries playing in the Women’s World Cup. As a fan of the USWNT, I question the wisdom of using tax dollars to develop programs that can beat the USWNT. Look at Canada. Many of the players in the Canadian player pool attended, or are attending, NCAA programs on full scholarship. If you had talked about Canada as a threat to the USWNT in 1993 people would have laughed. Now look at it. Canada tied us 0-0 in regular time in the WCQ, while the U-19 time tied ours 0-0 in regular time in Edmonton. Canada is nearly as good, or as good, as the USWNT, and could not have done this without the largesse of Title IX. They are the true Daughters of Title IX. Title IX is a radioactive political issue and closely tied with the publicity surrounding the USWNT. But please consider the possibility that it is hurting rather than helping the USWNT.