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Amid chants of “equal pay,” “USA” and streams of confetti, the World Cup-winning US girls’s soccer staff was feted by tens of hundreds of adoring followers with a ticker-tape parade in New York on Wednesday.
Carrying an identical black T-shirts emblazoned with the phrases “World Champions” in gold letters, members of the US squad waved to the crowds from slow-moving open-top floats.
Participant of the event Megan Rapinoe struck her iconic goal-scoring pose as she displayed the World Cup trophy to the roaring crowds lining the route alongside Decrease Manhattan’s fabled “Canyon of Heroes.”
Rapinoe grabbed FRANCE 24’s microphone and mentioned “Je vous dis un grand merci!” – thanking France for internet hosting the World Cup.
Underneath brilliant sunny skies, workplace employees showered the gamers with streams of white confetti thrown from the home windows of skyscrapers lining the parade route.
New York Mayor Invoice de Blasio joined the US World Cup stars on Rapinoe’s float and later hosted the US staff in a ceremony at Metropolis Corridor to current them with the “Keys to the Metropolis.”
“Simply shoutout to the teammates … This group is so resilient. Is so robust. Has such a way of humour. Is simply so badass,” Rapinoe mentioned with a smile. “There’s nothing that may section this group. We’re chillin’. We’ve obtained tea sippin’. We’ve obtained celebrations. We have now pink hair and purple hair. We have now tattoos and dreadlocks. We’ve obtained white women and black women, and every part in between. Straight women and homosexual women.”
Gamers had been met with chants of “equal pay” and on one float they displayed a poster given to them by somebody within the crowd which learn “Parades Are Cool, Equal Pay Is Cooler.”
Whereas the staff is feted throughout the nation, the squad has additionally been held up as champions of gender equality.
The ladies’s staff is suing the US Soccer Federation to demand equal pay with their male counterparts, and fan chants of “equal pay” additionally cascaded from the stands on the Stade de Lyon after Sunday’s victory.
The parade, which lasted about an hour, is in keeping with a “Large Apple” custom that dates again greater than a century.
Whereas the honour has been bestowed on everybody from astronauts to record-breakers, troopers and world leaders, in current a long time it has extra generally been used to have a good time sports activities victories by groups akin to baseball’s New York Yankees or the NFL’s New York Giants.
Wednesday’s ticker-tape fiesta is simply the primary cease on a protracted victory lap that may ship the staff throughout america within the coming months.
After the New York celebration, the gamers will jet off to California to look on the ESPYS, the US sports activities world’s equal of the Oscars, happening in Los Angeles in a while Wednesday.
The staff will then be again on the highway subsequent month to play in a five-game collection of pleasant worldwide matches billed as a “Victory Tour”, beginning with a conflict in opposition to Eire on the Pasadena Rose Bowl on August 3.
One cease that appears unlikely is a visit to the White Home.
The outspoken Rapinoe has been important of President Donald Trump, saying final month that she wouldn’t settle for an invite from him to go to the White Home if the USA gained the World Cup.
Trump responded by tweeting that Rapinoe ought to “win first earlier than she talks.”
Chatting with ESPN on Tuesday, Rapinoe famous she had “held up my finish of the discount on that one” earlier than including that the Twitter alternate with Trump had really helped the staff in France.
She additionally reiterated that she wouldn’t be going to the White Home, saying on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” that “I might not go and each teammate that I’ve talked to explicitly about it will not go.”
“I do not assume anybody on the staff has any curiosity in lending the platform that we have labored so laborious to construct and the issues that we struggle for and the best way that we dwell our life, I do not assume we would like that to be co-opted or corrupted by this administration,” Rapinoe mentioned.
On Monday, the staff returned residence from France, 24 hours after defeating the Netherlands 2-Zero in Sunday’s ultimate to clinch a record-extending fourth World Cup crown.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP)