The USWNT were cheered on by thousands of fans along the Canyon of Heroes in New York City on Wednesday.
Following their 2019 World Cup win, the Mayor of New York City invited the women’s national team to have a ticker-tape parade just like they did four years ago.
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There were amazing scenes along Broadway in lower Manhattan as Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and the entire USWNT squad showed off the World Cup trophy and their medals to fans.’
Chants of “Equal Pay! Equal Pay!” were sung in unison by fans and players in one of several powerful moments as the ticker-tape came down as the floats made their way towards City Hall.
A huge reception was then held on stage outside City Hall to honor the back-to-back World Cup champs, as U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro addressed the chants of “Pay Them!” and “Equal Pay!” throughout his speech praising the USWNT.
“We will continue to invest more in women’s soccer than any other nation in the world. We believe that all female athletes deserve equitable pay. Together I believe we can get this done,” Cordeiro said.
Somehow Cordeiro pronounced Rapinoe’s name incorrectly, but the USWNT superstar stood up for the USSF president amid heckling from the crowd and said he was one of the good guys trying to help the team in their fight for equal pay.
Rapinoe then gave an empowering speech to wrap up an amazing day and a truly incredible summer for the USWNT.
“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,” Rapinoe said.
Below is a look at the best videos and photos from the parade, while you can watch the whole thing back by clicking on the final video.