United States women's soccer team prepares for parade, accepts Congress invite

US Women's soccer team

US Women's soccer team

The 2019 Women's World Cup champions returned home on Monday, carrying over the post-game celebrations on a charter flight back to the NY area, and it's been a media tour filled with TV appearances mixed in with partying on ever since.

The American women beat the Netherlands on Sunday to win their fourth World Cup.

The festivities will honor the national team's remarkable run in France, where the US women went undefeated in the World Cup, turning away determined challenges from talented and physical squads such as France, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. The stretch of lower Manhattan has long hosted ticker tape parades for world leaders, veterans and hometown sports stars. The tape has since been replaced with paper confetti. The mayor is also scheduled to honor the team at City Hall.

Since then, the city has hosted more than 200 marches up Broadway from the Battery to City Hall, according to the alliance.

Large crowds are expected, along with a blizzard of shredded paper. Here, Megan Rapinoe smiles as she holds the FIFA Women's World Cup trophy as the team arrives at the Newark International Airport.

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She's also involved in legal action against the federation for gender discrimination, claiming the governing body not only pays them less but invests less in travel, medical care and practices facilities with female players often forced to practice on artificial turf, resulting in more injuries. The Women's National Team will now be tied with the New York Giants with two parades a piece.

"That's why I'm introducing legislation that will require the U.S. Soccer Federation to pay the men's and women's national soccer teams equitably before any federal funds may be used for the 2026 World Cup". At the final whistle of the final game of the tournament in Lyon, France, fans chanted "Equal Pay!"

The bill would ensure that "no Federal funds may be appropriated or otherwise made available to provide support for the 2026 World Cup" until the US Soccer Federation agrees to pay the teams' members equally.

"I've been following this team over the years and I'm so happy that they're so successful", she said.

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