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World Cup winner's stirring message for America


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US women's co-captain Megan Rapinoe has delivered a stirring speech at their victory parade in New York following their 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup win.

Adoring fans packed New York City amid a blizzard of confetti to praise the World Cup-winning U.S. women’s national team as leaders on the field and advocates for pay equity off it.

Crowds chanted “USA! USA!” and workers sounded air horns as the hourlong parade moved up Broadway that has long hosted so-called ticker tape parades for world leaders, veterans and hometown sports stars.

Rapinoe and her teammates shared a float with Mayor Bill de Blasio and U.S. Soccer Federation President Carlos Cordeiro. Rapinoe struck her now-famous victory pose, took a swig of Champagne and handed the bottle to a fan.

But it was Rapinoe's moving speech to the adoring crowd that stole the show.

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"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. We've got to know that this is everyone's responsibility. Every single person who agrees and doesn’t agree. It's our responsibility to make this world a better place," Rapinoe said.

"I think this team does an incredible job of taking that on our shoulders and understanding the position that we have and the platform that we have within this world.

"Yes, we play sports. Yes, we play soccer. Yes, we’re female athletes. But we’re so much more than that. You’re so much more than that.

"There’s been so much contention in these last years. I’ve been a victim of that. I’ve been a perpetrator of that... But it’s time to come together. This conversation is at the next step. We have to collaborate. It takes everybody,

"New York City, you’re the motherf---ing best!"

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The USWNT caused some controversy during the Women's World Cup, with Alex Morgan's tea sipping celebration infuriating some England football supporters and Rapinoe involved in a Twitter spat with US President Donald Trump.

With the World Cup trophy at her side, Rapinoe expressed her appreciation for her teammates.

"Just shoutout to the teammates… This group is so resilient, is so tough, has such a sense of humour, is just so badass! There's nothing that can faze this group," Rapinoe said.

"We’re chillin’. We’ve got tea sippin’. We’ve got celebrations. We have pink hair and purple hair. We have tattoos and dreadlocks. We’ve got white girls and black girls, and everything in between. Straight girls and gay girls.

"I couldn't be more proud to be a co-captain. It's my absolute honour to lead this team on the field.

"There's no other place I would rather be, even in the presidential race. I'm busy, I'm sorry."

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The team sealed its second consecutive tournament win by beating the Netherlands 2-0 in the final. It will get $4 million for winning the World Cup from FIFA, the international soccer governing body. The men’s French team got $38 million for winning last year.

The U.S. women’s team has sued the U.S. Soccer Federation for gender and pay discrimination. The federation will give the women bonuses about five times smaller than what the men would have earned for winning the World Cup. The case is currently in mediation.

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Earlier Wednesday, team members joined New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, as he signed a bill that expands gender pay equality in the state. He said women’s soccer players should be paid the same as male players.

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, introduced a bill Tuesday that would bar federal funding for the men’s 2026 World Cup until the U.S. Soccer Federation provides equal pay to the women’s and men’s teams.

At a City Hall rally after the parade, the presidential candidate de Blasio, also a Democrat, honored the team with symbolic keys to the city, saying it “brought us together” and “showed us so much to make us hopeful.”

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After chants for “Equal pay!” from the crowd, Cordeiro said women “deserve fair and equitable pay. And together I believe we can get this done.”

The parade is named for the strands of ticker tape that used to be showered down from nearby office buildings.

The tape has since been replaced with paper confetti, which drifted down from office buildings throughout Wednesday’s parade, along with documents and spreadsheets folded into paper airplanes.

Rapinoe, the outspoken star who won the awards for the tournament’s best player and top scorer, also appeared on CNN and MSNBC later Tuesday.

https://twitter.com/CNN/status/1148769016305135616

Rapinoe told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that President Donald Trump’s slogan “Make America Great Again” is “harking back to an era that wasn’t great for everyone. It might’ve been great for a few people.”

"Your message is excluding people. You're excluding me, you're excluding people that look like me, you're excluding people of color, you're excluding Americans that maybe support you," Rapinoe said into the camera when asked by Cooper what she would say to Trump.

"You have an incredible responsibility as the chief of this country to take care of every single person, and you need to do better for everyone," Rapinoe added.

Rapinoe told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that Trump had yet to invite the women’s soccer team to the White House.

Trump had tweeted that he would invite the team, win or lose. Rapinoe has said she wouldn’t be going to the White House. The team has accepted an invitation to visit Congress.

US women's co-captain Megan Rapinoe has delivered a stirring speech at their victory parade in New York following their 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup win.

Adoring fans packed New York City amid a blizzard of confetti to praise the World Cup-winning U.S. women’s national team as leaders on the field and advocates for pay equity off it.

Crowds chanted “USA! USA!” and workers sounded air horns as the hourlong parade moved up Broadway that has long hosted so-called ticker tape parades for world leaders, veterans and hometown sports stars.

Rapinoe and her teammates shared a float with Mayor Bill de Blasio and U.S. Soccer Federation President Carlos Cordeiro. Rapinoe struck her now-famous victory pose, took a swig of Champagne and handed the bottle to a fan.

But it was Rapinoe's moving speech to the adoring crowd that stole the show.

https://twitter.com/CNN/status/1148985619617472512

"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. We've got to know that this is everyone's responsibility. Every single person who agrees and doesn’t agree. It's our responsibility to make this world a better place," Rapinoe said.

"I think this team does an incredible job of taking that on our shoulders and understanding the position that we have and the platform that we have within this world.

"Yes, we play sports. Yes, we play soccer. Yes, we’re female athletes. But we’re so much more than that. You’re so much more than that.

"There’s been so much contention in these last years. I’ve been a victim of that. I’ve been a perpetrator of that... But it’s time to come together. This conversation is at the next step. We have to collaborate. It takes everybody,

"New York City, you’re the motherf---ing best!"

https://twitter.com/GrantWahl/status/1148984007721410565

The USWNT caused some controversy during the Women's World Cup, with Alex Morgan's tea sipping celebration infuriating some England football supporters and Rapinoe involved in a Twitter spat with US President Donald Trump.

With the World Cup trophy at her side, Rapinoe expressed her appreciation for her teammates.

"Just shoutout to the teammates… This group is so resilient, is so tough, has such a sense of humour, is just so badass! There's nothing that can faze this group," Rapinoe said.

"We’re chillin’. We’ve got tea sippin’. We’ve got celebrations. We have pink hair and purple hair. We have tattoos and dreadlocks. We’ve got white girls and black girls, and everything in between. Straight girls and gay girls.

"I couldn't be more proud to be a co-captain. It's my absolute honour to lead this team on the field.

"There's no other place I would rather be, even in the presidential race. I'm busy, I'm sorry."

https://twitter.com/chrisadempsey/status/1148984564624191488https://twitter.com/BrianMFloyd/status/1148983587686903808https://twitter.com/AndrewDasNYT/status/1148984836226506752

The team sealed its second consecutive tournament win by beating the Netherlands 2-0 in the final. It will get $4 million for winning the World Cup from FIFA, the international soccer governing body. The men’s French team got $38 million for winning last year.

The U.S. women’s team has sued the U.S. Soccer Federation for gender and pay discrimination. The federation will give the women bonuses about five times smaller than what the men would have earned for winning the World Cup. The case is currently in mediation.

https://twitter.com/USWNT/status/1148992999638130688

Earlier Wednesday, team members joined New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, as he signed a bill that expands gender pay equality in the state. He said women’s soccer players should be paid the same as male players.

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, introduced a bill Tuesday that would bar federal funding for the men’s 2026 World Cup until the U.S. Soccer Federation provides equal pay to the women’s and men’s teams.

At a City Hall rally after the parade, the presidential candidate de Blasio, also a Democrat, honored the team with symbolic keys to the city, saying it “brought us together” and “showed us so much to make us hopeful.”

https://twitter.com/jbillinson/status/1148966283872034817

After chants for “Equal pay!” from the crowd, Cordeiro said women “deserve fair and equitable pay. And together I believe we can get this done.”

The parade is named for the strands of ticker tape that used to be showered down from nearby office buildings.

The tape has since been replaced with paper confetti, which drifted down from office buildings throughout Wednesday’s parade, along with documents and spreadsheets folded into paper airplanes.

Rapinoe, the outspoken star who won the awards for the tournament’s best player and top scorer, also appeared on CNN and MSNBC later Tuesday.

https://twitter.com/CNN/status/1148769016305135616

Rapinoe told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that President Donald Trump’s slogan “Make America Great Again” is “harking back to an era that wasn’t great for everyone. It might’ve been great for a few people.”

"Your message is excluding people. You're excluding me, you're excluding people that look like me, you're excluding people of color, you're excluding Americans that maybe support you," Rapinoe said into the camera when asked by Cooper what she would say to Trump.

"You have an incredible responsibility as the chief of this country to take care of every single person, and you need to do better for everyone," Rapinoe added.

Rapinoe told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that Trump had yet to invite the women’s soccer team to the White House.

Trump had tweeted that he would invite the team, win or lose. Rapinoe has said she wouldn’t be going to the White House. The team has accepted an invitation to visit Congress.

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