While most of us were home or at a bar watching the U.S Women’s National Team play in the World Cup, the Cintron family took a trip across the pond to watch them in person.
“We knew we wanted to go on a trip and the world cup was happening so it kind of was just the perfect timing,” Adria Cintron said. “We thought about going to England and Ireland to visit some family there, and they said well can we go to a game in Paris, and I was like we might as well go to Paris so that’s what we did.”
“I thought it was really exciting to like see it in real life like that,” Giada Cintron said.
“It was crazy, it was so inspiring to see everybody playing on the field and it was crazy to think we are representing our country at the World Cup,” Bella Cintron said. “It’s really cool.”
The Cintron’s didn’t just see a game, they saw an historic 13 goal performance by the US Team.
“For the second half of the game they scored 10 more goals and we were right behind the goal,” Adria said. “It was just amazing to be in the crowd and watch their faces and be part of the chanting and the singing, it was really amazing.”
“It’s crazy and it’s great that the men’s team you see them getting all the support and you finally get to see the women’s team doing amazing and getting all this support and all these songs and the energy, it’s crazy,” Bella said.
For Bella’s younger sister, Giada, her favorite parts of the game, “probably seeing like all the goals.”
“I got to see like (Megan) Rapinoe, she was really close to us,” Giada said. “It was really exciting and cool how she was like really close to us.”
For Giada and Bella, soccer players themselves, the experience was awe inspiring and just flat out inspiring as well.
“It was amazing. It kinda makes you feel like you can do anything,” Bella said.
“It’s really inspiring to like get better at soccer for me,” Giada said.
“It kinda made me feel like at this age that I can you know with hard work and dedication, I can get there one day,” Bella said. “I can do great things and be who I want to be.”
They weren’t the only ones impacted by the trip.
“Just knowing that they’re having aspirations that I didn’t have as a kid and there’s not even a question in their mind that I can do this if I really want to you know it wasn’t something I thought of when I was a kid,” Adria said.
Both girls have aspirations of playing for the U.S. Women’s National Team one day, until then they say they are going to be hard at work chasing that dream.