And thousands gathered in Lower Manhattan yesterday to celebrate the U.S. women’s national team’s historic fourth World Cup soccer championship at a raucous ticker tape parade. Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, Rose Lavelle and their teammates rode floats through New York City’s Canyon of Heroes as supporters chanted “U.S.A.!” and “Equal pay!” The parade ended at City Hall, where New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio hosted a ceremony to celebrate the team’s second consecutive World Cup win and awarded the athletes with keys to the city. Co-captain, top scorer and best player Megan Rapinoe addressed the crowd with a message to the team’s fans and the country.
Megan Rapinoe: “We have to be better. We have to love more, hate less. We’ve got to listen more and talk less. We’ve got to know that this is everybody’s responsibility, every single person here, every single person who’s not here, every single person who doesn’t want to be here, every single person who agrees and doesn’t agree. It’s our responsibility to make this world a better place. 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.”
After the ceremony in New York City, the U.S. women’s national team flew to Los Angeles to attend the ESPY Awards, where they were honored with the Best Team award. We’ll have more on the U.S. women’s team and their fight for gender equity later in the broadcast.