NYC hosts ticker tape parade for U.S. women's soccer champs

Megan Rapinoe celebrating the second consecutive World Cup victory for the United States

Megan Rapinoe celebrating the second consecutive World Cup victory for the United States

When U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro was drowned out by hecklers as he spoked at Wednesday's victory parade to celebrate the U.S. women's national soccer team's World Cup win, Megan Rapinoe came to his defense.

An investigation is underway after posters of U.S. women's soccer star Megan Rapinoe were spotted vandalized at Bryant Park in Manhattan, one day after the team's World Cup championship victory.

Watch the parade in the video above.

Pulling all such funding will most likely jeopardize or at the very least severely hinder the ability of the U.S.to host the 2026 World Cup. The women will get bonuses from the USSF about five times less than the men would have earned for winning the World Cup.

But it's not just United States Soccer that is in need of a rethink - there is also a massive disparity in the prize money offered by Federation Internationale de Football Association to the winners of the men's and women's World Cups.

Rapinoe has drawn attention as a vocal leader for the USA team, particularly in her open criticism against President Donald Trump's administration. "We would much prefer to have a collaborative approach with FIFA, with the federation - how can we move this forward, how can we go to the next step, to create a world that is equal and fair for everyone?" After the USwon the World Cup for a record fourth time on Sunday, Rapinoe called for progress on equal pay for the male and female teams.

At the end of the parade, Mayor Bill de Blasio presented the team with ceremonial keys to the city.

Since the late 1800s, the famous parade route has honored military leaders, visiting royalty, Olympic champions and dozens of legendary NY athletes, celebrating championships by the Yankees and Giants.

The so-called ticker tape parade is named for the long strands of ticker tape that used to be showered down from office buildings.

This is the city's first ticker tape parade since the United States won the Women's World Cup in 2015.

Asked by CNN's Anderson Cooper what she would like to say to the American leader, Rapinoe said: "Your message is excluding people". The team has accepted an invitation to visit Congress.

"We don't want to have this huge, public, nasty fight, that's not really in the best interest for anyone", said Rapinoe, a U.S.co-captain.

Star Megan Rapinoe has openly blasted President Donald Trump.

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