State Representative Tim Butler (R-Springfield) filed a resolution today congratulating the United States Women’s National Soccer Team on winning the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Team USA defeated Japan in the World Cup Final with a score of 5-2, resulting in 2015 becoming the third Women’s World Cup Championship for Team USA, since winning in 1991 and 1999.
“U.S. Soccer is headquartered in Illinois, which makes it fitting for the legislature to congratulate Team USA,” said Rep. Butler. “We as Illinoisans are proud of Team USA’s outstanding performance in the Women’s World Cup and we are grateful for their hard-work and determination in returning the World Cup Championship back to the United States.”
The headquarters of the United States Soccer Federation is located in the U.S. Soccer House at the corner of 18th Street and Prairie Avenue in Chicago. Several members of the U.S. Women’s National Team have connections to Illinois. Head coach Jill Ellis formerly was head coach for the University of Illinois. Four members of the World Cup team also play professionally for the Chicago Red Stars: Shannon Boxx, Lori Chalupny, Julie Johnston, and Christen Press.
Rep. Butler added, “I am a proud member of the American Outlaws, a national supporters group made up of fans of U.S. Soccer and was at the April game in St. Louis when the U.S. women defeated New Zealand in a World Cup tune-up game. To see these players accomplish a life-long dream is truly an inspiring moment for our nation.”
Upon passage by the Illinois House of Representatives, House Resolution 637 will be presented to U.S. Soccer as a symbol of the State of Illinois’ admiration and respect for what the Women’s U.S. National Team has accomplished.