Queen said it best: “We Are the Champions.” Too bad Freddie Mercury and Co. did not actually represent feminine royalty.

Oh well, at least there are a group of women who can put the proper spin on the words above.

Take Saturday, for example. One can easily identify the 30-plus women on the soccer field at Home Depot Center “Queens.” Oh, and half the women were playing for a team called the “Los Angeles Sol” – coincidentally, Spanish for “sun.” Last I checked, the sun directly impacts, err, “Mercury.”

As for the other half of women on the field, well, they just uttered: “We Are the Champions!”

Maybe Queen was onto something, maybe they were not. Whether or not they were visionaries is debatable, but one thing is for sure – these women are certainly queenly champions in their own right.

On Saturday, the Sol hosted FC Sky Blue of New Jersey in the first-ever championship game of the Women’s Professional Soccer league, which debuted back in March. More than 7,200 adoring fans made it out to Carson for the women’s soccer final, the first of its type in these United States in more than six years.

While roughly half the crowd that filled the seats at Home Depot Center in the Sol’s inaugural game in March, the excitement of the fans in the stands and the passion of the players on the field provided a glimmer of hope for an American women’s top-level soccer league. Heck, perhaps it gives hope to a top-level professional league for any women’s sport.

After all, outside of tennis, is there another American professional sport where the women’s competition draws as much (or more) media attention and adoring fans then their male counterparts? Be it basketball, baseball/softball, golf, football, even soccer – men’s sports dominate the professional athletic landscape in the United States.

Sure, women made significant strides in certain sports. The WNBA is in its 12th year of operation, providing some hope for a stable women’s professional league.

Of course, women’s athletics at the Olympic Games are also well-respected and appreciated – with sports such as track-and-field and swimming providing a truly equal playing ground for both genders.

Perhaps soccer is the next sport where both the men’s and women’s league are looked upon as true “equals” – same attendance marks, same salaries, same media attention, same everything. Looking around at the Home Depot Center on Saturday, there was some definite promise for egalitarianism, some hope for everyone enjoying a sport, regardless of whether a man or a woman was out there on the field of play. The fans booed just as loudly, cheered just as passionately and respected the players just as whole-heartedly for the women on Saturday as they would have had the Galaxy took the field instead of the Sol.

It helped that the WPS learned from the previous women’s pro soccer league, WUSA, and took a more grassroots approach to shaping its future viability. It also helped that internationally recognizable players were evenly allocated among the league’s seven teams, with players like Marta Vieira da Silva, Shannon Boxx, Natasha Kai, Rosanna dos Santos Augusto and Brandi Chastain, among others, highlighting rosters; even a silhouette of Mia Hamm graces the league’s logo.

The day has yet to come where men and women can take a given field of play and be looked at as true equals, on all levels, no matter the game that is played. But if the WPS has done anything, it has demonstrated there are enough caring people out there giving their hearts and souls to ensure women’s professional athletics find their true place in the United States. We may not have broken that glass ceiling yet, but large cracks are starting to appear.