By Darran Simon
Thousands of supporters gathered along Broadway in New York City on Wednesday to celebrate with the US Women’s National Team following its fourth World Cup title.
The soccer team won its second consecutive World Cup when it beat the Netherlands 2-0 on Sunday during the match in France. Megan Rapinoe scored on a penalty kick in the second half, giving the team a 1-0 lead, and Rose Lavelle added a second goal in the 69th minute.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the ticker tape parade after the victory.
The women’s team will be regaled in the same fashion as other heroes and winners, such as Nelson Mandela in 1990, the 1969 World Series champion Mets and the New York Giants team that captured Super Bowl XLII in 2008.
Many fans arrived hours before Wednesday’s parade kicked off, rocking their red, white and blue. Some wore the “We Are the Champions” shirt — bearing four stars, one for each world title — that were issued to the team after Sunday’s win.
“Hopefully I get to see one of them, they’ll notice the signs and appreciate it,” said Yoo, who arrived at 6 a.m. to get a spot on the parade route.
The city’s first ticker tape parade was held in 1886, when Wall Street workers spontaneously threw ticker tape out of their office windows to celebrate the unveiling of the Statue of Liberty, according to the Alliance’s records.
The last ticker tape parade was held in July 2015 after the women’ national team defeated Japan 5-2 to win the World Cup, according the Alliance’s records. The team was the first group of female athletes to be honored with a ticker tape parade at the time.
Many held signs aloft. “Rapinoe for President” — a nod to the outspoken striker who tussled with President Donald Trump on the team’s path to world domination — was a popular sentiment.
Emily Yoo, 22, made another politically charged sign, “B***h better have my money,” referencing the women’s highly publicized fight to be paid what the men’s national team is paid. She also made signs heralding defender Kelley O’Hara’s toughness and striker Alex Morgan’s tea-sipping celebration.
The US Women’s National team also won the World Cup in 1991 and 1999.
MEGAN RAPINOE AMERICA GIF BY NATIONAL WOMEN’S SOCCER LEAGUE
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