“Our shero!” A shared sentiment across America as we watched co-captain Megan Rapinoe and the US Women’s Soccer Team celebrate their World Cup Win live in upper Manhattan. The middle fielder who earned the Golden Ball and Golden Boot honors as the top player, celebrated the team’s victory with nearly 4,000 spectators today. The ticker-tape parade marked the team’s fourth championship, while also pushing forward the call for equal pay among female and male athletes.
Rapinoe, who has had a controversial season after she told reporters that she would not be visiting the White House if they won the World Cup, took a moment to spread a message of love during the parade stating, “This is my charge to everyone: We have to be better. We have to love more. Hate less. We got to listen more and talk less,” Rapinoe said. “It’s our responsibility to make the world a better place.”
Both past and present Presidents congratulated the team. In 2015 President Obama hosted Team USA at the White House following their World Cup win, so it would only make sense that he would congratulate the team with a heartfelt twitter message that stated, “Proud to rep America’s best team! Congrats @USWNT and thanks for being such a strong inspiration for women and girls—and everybody—all across the country.”
And although it’s unclear if Team USA will be visiting the White House again after this win, Trump did send a message congratulating the team on their win, posting, “Congratulations to the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team on winning the World Cup! Great and exciting play. America is proud of you all!”
Congratulations to the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team on winning the World Cup! Great and exciting play. America is proud of you all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 7, 2019
Congrats Team USA!