Thousands of fans took to the streets in New York City to welcome the United States’ Women’s football team who return home after winning the World Cup. The team beat the Netherlands 2-0 in the final of the event that took place in France, winning for the fourth time and successfully defending the title they earned in 2015.
An open top bus took the team through the streets of lower Manhattan where floats, marches, and tens of thousands of people celebrated the win. The team was taken to the City Hall, where they received a celebratory reception. New York mayor Bill de Blasio joined the squad on the float and hosted the US team in a ceremony within the hall, presenting them with keys to the city.
Many of the fans were chanting ‘equal pay’ when the players took to the stage, which is a reference to the women’s team suing the US Soccer Federation over concerns of equal pay for women, who make significant less than their male counterparts. Megan Rapinoe, who was the top goal scorer for the event and who won the Holden Ball for the best player at the tournament, stated that she and none of the players would be visiting Donald Trump at the White House.
Talking about the decision, she told reporters that she doesn’t believe anyone on the team has any interest in lending the platform they have worked hard to build over the last few years.
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