Women's World Cup champions celebrate with NYC parade
US women's soccer star Megan Rapinoe gave a powerful speech during the ceremony at New York City Hall. She said the team is using its platform to "love more, hate less."
Here's what she said:
"This is my charge to everyone. 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 is 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. Yes, we play sports. Yes, we play soccer. Yes, we're female athletes, but we're so much more than that," she said.
She continued calling for fans to think of how they they can make their community better and urging people to "be more" and "be bigger than you've ever been before."
Here's what else Rapinoe said during the ceremony:
"You're more than a fan. You're more than someone who just supports sports. You're more than someone who tunes in every four years. You're someone who walks these streets every single day. You interact with your community every single day. How do you make your community better? How do you make the people around you better? Your family? Your closest friends, the 10 closest people to you, the 20 closest people to you, the most… hundred closest people to you?
It's every single person's responsibility. There's been so much contention in these last years. I’ve been a victim of that. I’ve been a perpetrator of that. With our fight with the federation: I’m sorry for some of the things I’ve said, not all of the things. But it's time to come together. This conversation is at the next step. We have to collaborate. It takes everybody. This is my charge to everybody. Do what you can. Do what you have to do. Step outside yourself. Be more. Be better. Be bigger than you've ever been before.
If this team is any representation of what you can be when you do that, please take this as an example."
Listen to the whole thing:
Megan Rapino, one of the captains of the US women's soccer team, has heard some fans' requests that she run for US president — and she's not interested.
"It's my absolute honor to lead this team out on the field. There's no other place that I would rather be, even in the presidential race," she said. "I'm busy, I'm sorry."
During the parade earlier today, many fans held up signs that read "Rapinoe for President." Rapinoe — who has described herself as a "walking protest" — has been politically outspoken, specifically against President Trump.
Earlier this year, she asserted that she would not be "going to the f*****g White House" if the women's team won the World Cup. Last night, she also shared her message to President Trump.
Carlos Cordeiro, president of the US Soccer Federation, was speaking on stage at the New York City Hall ceremony honoring the US women's soccer team when the crowd erupted into chants of "equal pay."
"US Soccer has invested more in women's soccer than any country in the world. And we will continue to invest—" he began before the chants started.
"We will continue to invest more in women's soccer than any country in the world," he continued. "We believe at US Soccer that all female athletes deserve fair and equitable pay."
Some context: Several players have filed a lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation, claiming they deserve to be paid what the American men are paid for their international performances.
The federation denied the claim in May, saying the disparities were the product of business decisions rather than any efforts to discriminate, Sports Illustrated and other media outlets reported. The USSF also said the men and women are subject to different collective bargaining agreements, which are not made public.
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The US women's soccer team just finished their victory in parade in Manhattan. Now they're at New York City Hall for a ceremony with Mayor Bill de Blasio where they will be presented keys to the city.
The team danced out on stage while "All I Do Is Win" played. Watch the moment in the video below:
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio just announced that each member of the US women's soccer team will get a key to New York City. It;'s the highest honor the city gives, he said.
"This team brought us together and this team showed us so much to make us hopeful," de Blasio said.
Members of the US women's soccer team celebrated their World Cup championship win by popping champagne on parade floats.
The US Women's National Team tweeted videos of stars Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan during the parade.
One video showed Rapinoe and her teammates waving to the crowd. Another showed Morgan spraying parade-goers with champagne.
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