USWNT greeted by pro-Trump protesters at NYC victory parade

Florence Fletcher
July 11, 2019

Joe Manchin (D-WV) told Federation Internationale de Football Association on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, Rapinoe said she had accepted an invitation from the Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, among others, for the USA women's soccer team to celebrate its World Cup victory with a visit to Congress. The first ticker tape parade for champion athletes was held for the U.S. Olympic team in 1924, according to amNY. "While @USWNT continues to dominate on the world stage & generate tremendous revenue for @ussoccer, the women make only a fraction of what the men's national team is paid".

Manchin has introduced a bill on the Senate floor which says federal funding for hosting the 2026 World Cup will be withheld until the USWNT is paid on equal terms with the men.

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.

Before the World Cup final, FIFA President Gianni Infantino proposed doubling the prize money for the next women's tournament, in 2023, from $30 million to $60 million.

The men? They haven't done so hot.

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The US women's soccer co-captain Megan Rapinoe has delivered an uncompromising message to Donald Trump, amid ongoing controversy over a possible visit to the White House by the World Cup champions. And as we now know, they have quite a few supporters on Capitol Hill.

The United States is scheduled to host the 2026 men's World Cup in conjunction with Mexico and Canada.

Manchin credits West Virginia University coach Nikki Izzo-Brown with bringing the issue to his attention and is hoping to create a "level playing field for all".

There was more to celebrate than soccer Wednesday at the ticker-tape parade for the World Cup-winning U.S. women's soccer team. "That's just plain wrong", Manchin said in a statement.

"There is no rationale that the women should not get paid what the men get paid", Cuomo said, per assembled media.

At the end of the parade, Mayor Bill de Blasio presented the team with ceremonial keys to the city. But no one, he said, has put it into better words than US player Megan Rapinoe, one of the (controversial) stars of this year's tournament.

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