Die Amerikaanse vrouesokkerspan wen die vierde Wêreldbeker -titel

Die Amerikaanse vrouesokkerspan wen die vierde Wêreldbeker -titel

Op 7 Julie 2019, na 'n oorheersende toernooi, bring die Amerikaanse vrouespan 'n rekord vierde FIFA Wêreldbeker -titel, die tweede in 'n ry.

In die eindstryd van 2-0, wat in die gasheerland, Frankryk, gehou is, het die Verenigde State teenoor Holland te staan ​​gekom, met die eerste doel in die 61ste minuut van die wedstryd. Na 'n video -oorsig is daar vasgestel dat die Amerikaanse voorspeler Alex Morgan (30) in die strafkas geboul is en die voorspeler Megan Rapinoe (34) het die strafskop oorgeklits.

Agt minute later het die middelveldspeler Rose Lavelle (24) weer 'n doel aangeteken op 'n hou van 18 meter. Sowel Rapinoe as Lavelle het vroeër in die toernooi beserings aan die dyspier opgedoen, maar is uitgenooi om te speel. Rapinoe het die toernooi se Golden Ball (vir beste speler) en Golden Boot (vir die meeste doele) bekroon - sy het Morgan en Ellen White van Engeland met ses stukke gelykgemaak, maar Rapinoe het minder minute gespeel).

Die span het 'n Wêreldbeker -rekord vir vroue opgestel met 26 doele en 12 opeenvolgende oorwinnings, wat Duitsland as die enigste spanne gelykgemaak het wat herhalende kampioenskappe behaal het. Met vier Wêreldbeker -oorwinnings - in 1991, 1999, 2015 en 2019 - is die VSA die enigste span wat meer as twee titels gewen het (geen ander land as Duitsland het meer as een titel gewen nie). Die span se verslaan van Thailand met 13-0 in sy openingswedstryd het ook 'n rekord behaal van die meeste doele en die grootste oorwinningsmarge in 'n enkele Wêreldbeker-wedstryd-deur mans of vroue.

Aan die einde van die eindstryd het die ondersteuners 'Gelyke betaling!' ter ondersteuning van 'n voortgesette regsgeding teen geslagsdiskriminasie deur spelers Morgan, Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd en Becky Sauerbrunn teen die Amerikaanse voetbalfederasie.


Die Amerikaanse vroue wen, die mans verloor, en die stryd teen gelyke loon het hulle weer saamgebind

Die dag toe die Amerikaanse span die Wêreldbeker vir vroue wen, verloor die Amerikaanse mans in 'n streeksfinale. Maar hoe om die spelers te vergoed, het spanning en verdeeldheid veroorsaak.

Vir Amerikaanse voetballiefhebbers was die teenstelling moeilik om te ignoreer: die vrouespan van die Verenigde State het 'n rekord vierde Wêreldbeker -toernooi in Frankryk gewen, en sy man se eweknie val ure later in 'n streekkampioenskap in Chicago by sy bitter mededinger Mexiko.

Die twee uitslae Sondag was nie 'n blote botsing van wedstryde nie: dit beklemtoon ook 'n omstrede stryd oor loongelykheid met die manspanne en vrouespanne, die verskillende media en finansiële ekosisteme waarin hulle meeding, en die dikwels ongelyke belonings vir sukses vir mans en vroulike atlete. Dit is alles weer na vore gebring deur die jongste wêreldkampioenskap van die vrouespan, en deur die gesange van "Equal Pay!" wat die spelers laat waai nadat hulle gewen het.

In die afgelope jaar was die stryd om loongelykheid die vrouekaart se telefoonkaart. Die spelers beweer dat hulle minder betaal word deur die Amerikaanse voetbalbond as die mans - soms tienduisende dollars of meer vir topspelers in 'n gegewe jaar - en dat die situasie al jare aanhou, selfs al het die vrouespan meer trofeë versamel en het meer inkomste begin verdien as die mans. Amerikaanse voetbal het die span se sukses verwelkom - die titel van Sondag was die tweede span in 'n ry - selfs al het dit die spelers se wiskunde uitgedaag en aangevoer dat die situasie bemoeilik word deur 'n kompensasiestruktuur wat deur elke span onderhandel is wat die mans en vroue anders betaal.

Maar die vrouespelers, wat 'n paar van die mees prominente vroulike atlete ter wêreld insluit, het hul argumente in onderhoude en op sosiale media en, onlangs, in 'n federale hof vir geslagsdiskriminasie beklemtoon. Op 'n Sondag in die aanbidding van die skare en 'n bonus van meer as $ 250 000 elk, het een van hul kapteins weer die skroewe gedraai.

'Ek dink ons ​​is klaar: is ons die moeite werd? Moet ons dieselfde loon hê? Is die mark dieselfde? Yada yada, 'het die Amerikaanse middelveldspeler Megan Rapinoe gesê en bygevoeg:' Ons - almal spelers, elke speler by hierdie Wêreldbeker - het die ongelooflikste vertoning gelewer waarvoor u ooit kon vra. Ons kan niks meer doen nie, meer beïndruk, beter ambassadeurs wees, meer aanvat, beter speel, enigiets doen. Dit is tyd om die gesprek voort te sit na die volgende stap. ”

Tog sal die basiese beginsels van die Amerikaanse span se finansiële ooreenkoms met Amerikaanse voetbal nie onmiddellik verander nie; dekades van ongelykheid word skaars skoongevee met 'n vlaag doelwitte. Die span se kollektiewe bedingingsooreenkoms, wat die salarisse en werksomstandighede van die spelers bepaal, duur tot einde 2021, en die spelers word uitdruklik verbied om 'n staking te voer oor die bepalings daarvan. Sommige vennootskappe van U.S. Soccer, met Nike en met televisienetwerke soos ESPN en Fox, het nog jare om te loop, en aangesien dit al die nasionale spanne saamvoeg, is dit onmoontlik om 'n waarde aan die een of ander toe te ken.

Tog het die vrouespan se aktivisme resultate opgelewer. U.S. Soccer het twee jaar gelede ingestem tot 'n nuwe kollektiewe bedingingsooreenkoms met sy vrouespelers, wat hoër salarisse, ryker bonusse en verbeterde werksomstandighede insluit. En ander lande het die voorsprong gevolg: Nederland, die stygende mag wat in die eindstryd van die Wêreldbeker -toernooi teen die Amerikaners verloor het, het 'n doelwit gestel om teen 2023 sy mans- en vrouespanne gelyk te betaal.

Verlede jaar het FIFA die prysgeld vir die somer se Wêreldbekertoernooi vir vroue verdubbel tot $ 30 miljoen, en verlede week het sy president, Gianni Infantino, belowe dat hy dit weer sal probeer verdubbel betyds vir die volgende uitgawe in 2023. (Die totaal van vroue bonuspoel bly 'n breukdeel van die $ 400 miljoen wat die 32 Wêreldbeker -spanne vir mans - wat vir die eerste keer in 'n generasie nie die Verenigde State ingesluit het nie - in 2018 verdeel het.)

Die beste hoop van die Amerikaanse spelers om 'n beduidende kompensasiegaping te sluit, is op die oomblik om hul stygende profiel buite die veld te benut. Toe die span in 2017 oor sy nuwe kontrakte met U.S. Soccer onderhandel het, het hy 'n paar bemarkingsregte verkry wat die vorige dekades óf aan die federasie toegestaan ​​is óf bloot onontgin is. Dit het baie waardevol geblyk.

Aanbiedings vir produkte so uiteenlopend soos T-hemde en sokkies, bobbelkoppe en speelgoed bring nou inkomste in kategorieë waar dit nie voorheen bestaan ​​het nie. Jerseys wat aangepas is met die naam van 'n speler kan duisende dollars in ekstra inkomste beteken, die hele pot kan ses syfers in lisensie -inkomste oplewer vir 'n ster soos Rapinoe of die aanvaller Alex Morgan.

Terselfdertyd het verskeie spelers hul eie syondernemings gestig om hul handelsmerke te bevorder, en 'n nuwe maatskappy, REP Worldwide, is saamgestel met die spelersvereniging van die N.F.L. en die W.N.B.A. om nuwe aanbiedings te vind. Steve Scebelo, president van REP, het voor die Wêreldbeker-toernooi beraam dat 'n kampioenskap in die komende jaar die potensiaal van minstens $ 1 miljoen aan nuwe lisensie-inkomste-nog 'n vyfsyferinkomste vir elke speler-inhou.

"Ons glo regtig in die waarde van hierdie span," het Becca Roux, die uitvoerende direkteur van die vrouespelersvereniging, gesê. 'Dit is 'n geleentheid om kommersieel iets in 'n heel ander vlak te neem.'

Scott Langerman, die uitvoerende hoof van ACE Media, wat saam met die vrouespan werk oor inhoudontwikkeling en ander projekte, het Maandag gesê dat die sokkersterre en ander professionele atlete al jare lank ander in staat stel om vir hulle geleenthede te definieer. Oorwinning, het hy gesê, het die vrouespan al die voordeel gegee.

'Die USWNT het 'n unieke geleentheid om die stelsel te herbalanseer,' het hy gesê, met behulp van die internet-afkorting vir die span, 'en 'n belangrike stem te hê in wie hulle is en wat hulle doen, veral waar dit buite veldveldgeleenthede kom. ”

Tot dan is die spelers van plan om regstreeks voort te gaan met hul saak: meer geld, meer belegging, meer respek. Rapinoe, die vrysprekende, glimlag-flitsende, doelwitster, kry moontlik die eerste kans.

Gedurende die Amerikaanse wedloop in Frankryk het sy die leiers van die voetbal geteister oor hul gebrek aan ondersteuning vir die vrouespel. 'Teleurstellend' was hoe sy dit beskryf het. “Belaglik.” Toe sy op die podium stap om vereer te word na die oorwinning van Sondag, en die president van FIFA, Gianni Infantino, het sy hand uitgesteek en voorgestel dat hulle ''n gesprek' het, was sy gereed.

'Ek wil dit graag', antwoord Rapinoe.

Sy het die “Equal Pay!” Gehoor gesing minute vroeër. Sy het geweet dat sy en haar spanmaats die openbare debat wen. Daarom het sy gesê dat sy geen probleem gehad het met die boesem wat reën op die man wat die trofee oorhandig nie.


Die Amerikaanse dameswêreldbeker -oorwinning vir vroue was 'n oorwinning vir titel IX en die stryd om gelyke loon

Duisende het Woensdag in Manhattan bymekaargekom om die Amerikaanse vroue -sokkerspan se vierde Wêreldbeker -kampioenskap te vier tydens 'n tikbandparade wat oor Broadway en verby Wall Street gestrek het. Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, Rose Lavelle en hul spanmaats het deur die Canyon of Heroes in New York gery en hul feesvieringe beëindig tydens 'n seremonie in die stadsaal. Ondersteuners het gesing “U.S.A. ” en “Egal pay! ” Die Amerikaanse vroue se oorwinning oor die Wêreldbeker het gekom net maande nadat lede van die vrouespan van 2015 die Amerikaanse sokkerfederasie aangekla het oor geslagsdiskriminasie. Hul opspraakwekkende stryd om betaalgelykheid fokus die kollig op die loongaping vir alle vroue, nie net voetbalspelers nie. Ons praat met Julie Suk, professor in sosiologie aan die Graduate Center in CUNY.

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AMY GOODMAN: Dit is Demokrasie nou! Ek is Amy Goodman, saam met Nermeen Shaikh.

NERMEEN SHAIKH: Duisende het gister in Manhattan byeengekom om die Amerikaanse vrouesokkersokkerspan se vierde Wêreldbeker -kampioenskap te vier tydens 'n tikkieparade wat oor Broadway en verby Wall Street gestrek het. Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, Rose Lavelle en hul spanmaats het deur die Canyon of Heroes in New York gery en hul feesvieringe beëindig tydens 'n seremonie in die stadsaal. Ondersteuners het gesing “U.S.A. ” en “Gelyke betaling! ”

CROWD: Gelyke betaling! Gelyke betaling! Gelyke betaling! Gelyke betaling! Gelyke betaling! Gelyke betaling! Gelyke betaling! Gelyke betaling! Gelyke betaling! Gelyke betaling!

NERMEEN SHAIKH: Die Wêreldbeker -sokkertoernooi is dalk verby, maar dit is slegs die begin van die Amerikaanse vrouespan en die stryd om gelyke salarisse en werksomstandighede, gelykstaande aan die Amerikaanse manspan. Prysgeld vir die Wêreldbeker -sokkertoernooi vir vroue vanjaar is slegs $ 30 miljoen, vergeleke met $ 400 miljoen vir die 2018 Wêreldbeker -toernooi vir mans.

AMY GOODMAN: Die Amerikaanse vroue -oorwinning oor die wêreldbekertoernooi kom slegs maande nadat lede van die vrouespan van 2015 die Amerikaanse sokkerfederasie weens geslagsdiskriminasie gedagvaar het. Dit is mede-kaptein Megan Rapinoe, die top-puntemaker en die beste speler van die span, wat die skare in die stadsaal toespreek net nadat hulle die sleutels van die stad ontvang het.

MEGAN RAPINOE: Dit is ons verantwoordelikheid om van hierdie wêreld 'n beter plek te maak. Ek dink hierdie span doen dit ongelooflik goed om dit op ons skouers te neem en die posisie wat ons het en die platform wat ons in hierdie wêreld het, te verstaan.

AMY GOODMAN: Op Woensdag se kaartjieparade, het die goewerneur van New York, Andrew Cuomo, wet op loonbeloning vir die staat New York onderteken in 'n gebaar van ondersteuning vir die vrouesokkerspan. Net 'n dag vroeër het senator Joe Manchin wetgewing ingestel om federale befondsing vir die VSA wat die 2026 -manswêreldbekertoernooi aanbied, te weerhou totdat die vroue- en manspanne gelyke loon ontvang.

Die Amerikaanse vrouespan en 'n hoë profiel vir salarisgeld fokus die aandag op die loongaping vir alle vroue, nie net sokkerspelers nie. Vroue verdien 80 sent vir elke dollar wat aan mans betaal word. Swart vroue verdien 61 sent vir elke dollar wat 'n wit man maak. Inheemse vroue maak 58 sent. Latinx -vroue maak 53 sent.

Julie Suk, professor in sosiologie aan die Graduate Center in CUNY, word nou by ons aangesluit. Sy dekaan ook vir meestersprogramme.

Welkom by Demokrasie nou! Dit is wonderlik om jou by ons te hê. U is dus hier in die stad, die stad van die Canyon of Heroes, waar die parade -optog plaasgevind het, die vrouesokkerspan is uitgelate en uitdagend. Toe die hoof van die Amerikaanse voetbalfederasie die skare in die stadsaal toespreek, word hy deur gesange van 'n gelyke salaris ontmoet! Gelyke betaling! ” Wat beteken hierdie beweging - wat noem dit die vrouesokkerspan - ja, op die gebied van sokker - vir hierdie land, vir vroue regoor die land?

JULIE SUK: Ek dink hulle oorwinning is 'n bewys van sommige van die suksesse van titel IX sedert die sewentigerjare in hierdie land. En titel IX is baie kenmerkend as anti-diskrimineringswetgewing in hierdie land, omdat dit nie net diskriminasie verbied nie, dit vereis eintlik geslagsgelykheid.

AMY GOODMAN: Verduidelik wat titel IX presies is.

JULIE SUK: Titel IX is dus 'n statuut wat in 1972 aangeneem is, ongeveer die tyd toe die wysiging van gelyke regte aan die state gestuur is vir bekragtiging. En dit is 'n wet wat nie net diskriminasie in opvoedkundige programme wat federale finansiering ontvang, verbied nie, maar ook die uitsluiting van deelname weens seks verbied.

En wat dit in die praktyk beteken het, vanweë die manier waarop dit deur beleidsriglyne geïnterpreteer is, is dat dit nie genoeg is om net te sê dat ons nie op grond van geslag diskrimineer nie. Instellings, universiteite moet eintlik toestande gelykmaak, sodat vroue en mans werklik 'n gelyke atletiekgeleentheid in sportprogramme het. En dit het 'n groot verskil gemaak in die vermoë van vroue om aan sport deel te neem en uiteindelik meer as 'n generasie te presteer om die Wêreldbeker vir vroue te wen.

NERMEEN SHAIKH: En is dit slegs van toepassing op universiteite? Is dit nie van toepassing op skole, hoërskole nie?

JULIE SUK: O, dit geld vir alle ontvangers van federale befondsing.

NERMEEN SHAIKH: En is u dit eens dat die vrouesokkerspan gewen het, juis hieroor Titel IX en wat dit vir vroue -atlete moontlik gemaak het?

JULIE SUK: Ek doen dit, want ek dink dat wat titel IX toon, is dat as ons werklik daartoe verbind is tot werklike gelykheid tussen mans en vroue, en 'n baie sterk begrip het van wat dit beteken, dit beteken dat ons vroue kan loslaat volle potensiaal. En daar is soveel talent wat ek dink nie mag uitkom as ons ongelyke betalingspraktyke het nie, of as ons verskillende praktyke op die grond het wat vroue op die een of ander manier uitsluit.

NERMEEN SHAIKH: En watter soort wetgewing dink u is nodig om 'n meer gelyke loon vir mans en vroue te verseker?

JULIE SUK: Op die oomblik het ons wel titel VII, in diens, en die Wet op Gelyke Betaling van 1963. En dit is die statute wat die vrouespan span in hul regsgeding wat u genoem het. En hierdie statute strek nie ver genoeg nie, want alhoewel hulle gelyke betaling vir gelyke werk vereis, is daar baie uitsonderings, insluitend as u baseer - as u mans en vroue ongelyk betaal op grond van 'n ander faktor as seks, is dit baie belangrik. 8217s wettig ingevolge die Wet op Gelyke Betaling.

Baie ander lande het die afgelope jare meer robuuste wette vir gelyke loon aanvaar. Byvoorbeeld, in Frankryk het hulle nou 'n gelyke salarisindeks, sodat groot werkgewers sekere dinge moet meet, soos die loongaping tussen mans en vroue in die onderneming, die aantal vroue wat na kraamverlof verhogings gekry het. van dinge. En hulle kry 'n sekere telling. En as hul telling onder 'n sekere vlak val, het hulle drie jaar om dit reg te stel. En as hulle dit nie regkry nie, kan hulle tot 1% van die betaalstaat beboet word. So, dit is iets wat ek dink baie robuust is en wat u in ander lande sien. Ander lande wat ook geslagsgelykheid in hul grondwette het.

AMY GOODMAN: En praat oor die toestand van betaling en ook van rykdom, die verskil tussen mans en vroue in die Verenigde State.

JULIE SUK: Wel, ek dink dit is 'n baie ingewikkelde ding. Een figuur wat ons het, is dat vroue 80 sent verdien op die mans dollar. En dit is te danke aan 'n groot verskeidenheid faktore.

AMY GOODMAN: En dit is blanke vroue.

JULIE SUK: Dus, ja, nou ja, dit is alle vroue. Dit is alle vroue. En dan, as u dit natuurlik afbreek, kry u laer persentasies in vergelyking met mans. Maar ek dink dat baie van die faktore nie net te make het met diskriminasie nie weens geslagstereotipering en uitsluiting van vroue in sekere programme, van onderwys tot by die werkplek, dit het ook baie te doen met die gevolge van geslagsrolle oor loopbane vir vroue en hul verdienvermoëns, insluitend die feit dat baie vroue loopbaanonderbrekings neem om kinders groot te maak en omdat ons in hierdie land nie regtig 'n betekenisvolle betaalde ouerverlof vir mans of vroue het nie, en dit is geneig om 'n redelike slegte uitwerking op die verdienste van vroue op hul loopbane. Die 80% is dus iets wat ingewikkeld is. Dit verteenwoordig nie net diskriminasie in die konteks van onderbetaling van vroue vir presies dieselfde werk nie, maar ook groter nadele wat te doen het met die geslagsrolle wat vroue en mans in ons samelewing speel.

NERMEEN SHAIKH: En hoe dink u, in werklikheid, dit vergelyk in die mate dat dit natuurlik waar is dat die VSA onder die OESO -lande een van die ergste bepalings vir kraam- en vaderskapverlof het - in watter mate is dit, eintlik 'n weerspieëling van hoe ver ons hier is van geslagsgelykheid? Omdat dit iets sê oor hoe die rol van die moeder - en die vader, maar hoofsaaklik die moeder, gegewe wat u oor geslagsrolle gesê het - hoeveel dit waardeer en hoeveel ruimte daarvoor gemaak word.

JULIE SUK: Absoluut. Ekonome wat die geslagsloonverskil bestudeer het, het voorgestel dat as u vir swangerskap beheer, die loonverskil tussen geslagte eintlik aansienlik verminder. Dus, as u dit beheer, sê die vrou dat vroue wat nie moeders is nie, amper soveel verdien as mans, of hulle vaders is of nie. En u het absoluut die reg dat ons gebrek aan huisvesting vir werkende moeders in hierdie land, insluitend ons gebrek aan 'n federale beleid van betaalde ouerverlof - volgens my slegs 11 of 12% van die Amerikaanse werkers toegang tot betaalde ouerverlof. En as die verlof nie betaal word nie - dit wil sê, ons het 'n wet op gesins- en mediese verlof wat onbetaalde verlof tot 12 weke toestaan ​​- maar as gesinne onbetaalde verlof het, is die tyd dat u 'n baba regtig nie 'n goeie tyd het nie geld maak. En wat dit gewoonlik beteken, is dat mans aanhou werk en dat vroue so kort tyd neem - 'n tydjie moontlik as hulle nie toegang tot betaalde verlof het nie. En dit het ook 'n baie slegte uitwerking op moedergesondheid en kindersterftes.

AMY GOODMAN: En ten slotte, hoe gaan dit met titel IX, hoe werk veral loonvergoeding - hoe sou dit geraak word deur die aanvaarding van die wysiging van gelyke regte? En verduidelik wat dit is.

JULIE SUK: Die wysiging van gelyke regte is dus 'n wysiging van die Amerikaanse grondwet wat byna honderd jaar gelede voorgestel is, wat lui dat gelykheid van regte nie deur die Verenigde State of deur enige staat ontken of verkort word nie weens seks. Dit sal die regering dus verbied om op grond van seks te diskrimineer. En wat dit sou doen, is dat dit die regering verantwoordelik en aanspreeklik sal maak vir 'n wye reeks regeringsmislukkings in die konteks van geslagsongelykheid. Uiteraard sou hulle vroue op grond van seks nie eintlik van enige regeringsprogramme of openbare opvoedingsprogramme kon uitsluit nie. Maar ek dink dit kan iets meer beteken. Dit wil sê, as u nie die gelykheid van regte verkort nie, beteken dit dat die regering op een of ander manier verantwoordelik is as ons stelselmatig nie gelyke geleenthede bied nie. En ek dink dat dit dan sinvol sou wees om 'n sterk begrip te hê van diskriminasie wat u sien in die konteks van titel IX, wat werklik resultate opgelewer het.

AMY GOODMAN: En wat sou nodig wees om die wysiging van gelyke regte, die ERA, nou te slaag?

JULIE SUK: Ons is so naby, want wat nou nodig is, is nog 'n staatswetgewer om die wysiging van gelyke regte te bekragtig. Wat gebeur het toe die wysiging van gelyke regte vir bekragtiging aan die state gestuur is, was dat ons 35 state voor die sperdatum in 1982 gekry het, en ons het 38 nodig. En sedert 2017 het Nevada bekragtig en Illinois het bekragtig. En as ons nog 'n staat het, sal ons 38 state hê.

AMY GOODMAN: Wel, ek wil u baie dankie sê dat u by ons was. Ons sal beslis voortgaan met die beweging. Julie Suk, professor in sosiologie aan die Graduate Center by CUNY, die City University of New York. Sy skryf oor die ERA en oor geslagsgelykheid in grondwette regoor die wêreld.

As ons terugkom, staan ​​Alex Acosta, minister van arbeid, oproepe om te bedank weens sy hantering van die Jeffrey Epstein -reeks oor seksuele seksuele aanranding. Acosta word gekritiseer omdat hy die begroting vir die bestryding van internasionale sekshandel met 80%besnoei het. Bly by ons.


Carli Lloyd haal die Amerikaanse sokkerspan vir haar vierde Olimpiese Spele

Die Amerikaanse voorspeler Carli Lloyd (10) gly op die grasveld nadat hy in die eerste minuut teen Jamaika in die eerste helfte van hul WNT Summer Series -sokkerwedstryd in 2021, Sondag, 13 Junie 2021, in Houston aangeteken het. (AP Foto/Michael Wyke)

Carli Lloyd is immers op pad na haar vierde Olimpiese Spele.

Die 38-jarige Lloyd het ná die Wêreldbeker-toernooi in 2019 belowe dat sy sou probeer om die span vir Tokio te haal voordat hy van die sport afstap. Maar toe word die wedstryde 'n jaar teruggeskuif weens die koronavirus, en Lloyd het 'n operasie aan haar knie nodig gehad.

Om dus die lys van 18 spelers te behaal, was beslis nie 'n klap vir Lloyd nie, wat drie doele in die eerste 16 minute van die eindstryd van die Wêreldbeker-toernooi in Kanada in 2015 aangeteken het.

Vlatko Andonovski het Woensdag sy Olimpiese span bekend gemaak. Tobin Heath sluit saam met Lloyd aan op pad na haar vierde Olimpiese Spele.

Op die Spele in Beijing in 2008 het Lloyd in oortyd aangeteken vir 'n oorwinning van 1-0 teen Brasilië in die eindstryd. Vier jaar later behaal sy albei doele in die goue medalje-wedstryd teen Japan in die Wembley-stadion, en word die enigste speler wat in die agtereenvolgende Olimpiese eindstryde wendoele behaal het.

Lloyd, wat 39 word voor die Spele in Tokio, is die oudste Olimpiese nasionale span, die beste Christie Rampone, wat 37 was toe sy op die 2012 Spele in Londen gespeel het.

Heath het nie in die nasionale span se onlangse somerreeks in Texas gespeel nie weens 'n kniebesering. Julie Ertz herstel ook van 'n besering, maar behoort gereed te wees wanneer die Verenigde State die Olimpiese Spele op 21 Julie teen Swede open.

Becky Sauerbrunn, Kelley O'Hara, Alex Morgan en Megan Rapinoe speel in hul derde Olimpiese Spele.

Abby Dahlkemper, Tierna Davidson, Emily Sonnett, Rose Lavelle en doelwagter Adrianna Franch is die eerste keer Olimpiërs, net soos die susters Samantha en Kristie Mewis.

Kristie Mewis is die enigste speler op die rooster wat nie in die Wêreldbeker-wennisspan van 2019 was nie. Sy en Samantha is die eerste susters wat vir die senior nasionale span in 'n wêreldkampioenskap gespeel het.

"Ons weet dat daar baie talentvolle spelers is wat nie in Japan sal wees nie, maar dit was die moeilike besluite wat ons moes neem," het Andonovski in 'n verklaring gesê. 'Ons het 'n baie ervare rooster wat op die hoogste vlakke teëgekom het, en dit is geen verrassing dat die spelers hulself onderskei het nie. Hulle het die uitdagings aangeneem en het die afgelope 15 maande geweldige buigsaamheid en vasberadenheid getoon om ons te kry waar ons vandag is. ”

Andonovski noem ook vier plaasvervangers wat saam met die span na Tokio reis: die doelwagter Jane Campbell, die verdediger Casey Krueger, die middelveldspeler Catarina Macario en die voorspeler Lynn Williams.

Die Verenigde State is besig om die eerste span te word wat 'n Olimpiese Spele wen na 'n Wêreldbeker -titel. Die Amerikaners het vier goue medaljes verower sedert vroue se voetbal in 1996 'n Olimpiese sport geword het. Maar tydens die laaste Olimpiese Spele in Brasilië is die Verenigde State deur strafdoele in die kwarteindronde deur Swede uitgeskakel.

Doelwagters: Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)

Verdedigers: Abby Dahlkemper (Manchester City), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns), Kelley O'Hara (Washington Spirit), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit)

Middelveldspelers: Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash), Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage)

Voorspelers: Tobin Heath (onaangeheg), Carli Lloyd (Gotham), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (los), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign)


Video -oorsig het impak getoon

Alyssa Naeher, die 31-jarige wat Hope Solo in die doel opgevolg het, het herhaaldelike vrae in die toernooi ondervind, maar slegs drie doele in die toernooi toegelaat en eindig met haar vierde uitsluiting.

Video -resensie, wat FIFA verlede jaar aangeneem het vir die Wêreldbeker -toernooi vir mans, het die impak daarvan getoon toe Stephanie Frappart, die eerste vrou wat 'n wedstryd vir mans in die Ligue 1 geoordeel het, na die skerm aan die kant van die veld gegaan het en daarna beduie die plek.

Rapinoe, wat Dinsdag se halfeindstryd oor Engeland met 'n dyspierbesering misgeloop het, was die eerste vrou wat 'n strafskop behaal het tydens 'n vrouewedstryd vir vroue, haar 50ste doel in 158 internasionale wedstryde. Sy het die meeste doele in die toernooi met Morgan en Engeland en Ellen White geëwenaar en die goue bal op minder minute gewen.

Rapinoe het 'n staande toejuiging van die skare gekry toe sy in die 79ste minuut sak. Die skare van 57 900 in Stade de Lyon vir Le Grand Finale was die Franse president Emmanuel Macron.

Die Amerikaners het die toernooi geopen met 'n rekord van 13-0 in die nederige Thailand, wat 'n debat veroorsaak het of die vieringe na elke doel buitensporig was. Carli Lloyd reageer die volgende wedstryd deur 'n doel met 'n beleefde gholfklap te volg. Die Morgan het weer opgewonde geraak toe sy met 'n teelepel, uitgestrek, teen Engeland druk.


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Sondag se eerste doel het gekom toe die skeidsregter Stephanie Frappart 'n strafskop toegeken het na 'n video -oorsig wat wys dat die verdediger Stefanie van der Gragt 'n groot uitdaging aan die Amerikaanse doelskieter Alex Morgan gemaak het.

Die ster van die toernooi, Megan Rapinoe, vier met die Wêreldbeker -trofee, die Golden Boot en The Golden Ball

Rapinoe, wat terugkeer van 'n dyspierbesering, het met selfvertroue die skop in die middel getref en verby 'n statiese Sari van Veenendaal, wat lyk asof hy sou verwag dat Rapinoe na die kant sou skiet.

En net soos in die kwarteindstryd oor Frankryk, het Rapinoe 'n dramatiese houding ná die doel aangetref en sy een arm soos 'n ballerina gelig.

Dit was Rapinoe se sesde doel, wat haar met Morgan en Engeland Ellen White boaan die puntelys vasgemaak het.

Daarna het Rapinoe die Golden Boot gewen.

'Dit is net 'n ongelooflike groep spelers', sê afrigter Jill Ellis, 'maar 'n nog beter groep mense, net fantastiese veerkragtigheid, net chemie.'

'Hierdie span is iets besonders, en om dit rug-aan-rug te doen, is redelik ongelooflik,' stem Morgan saam. 'Ons het 'n moeilike pad na die eindstryd gehad. Ek is net trots op hierdie span. Ons het vol vertroue gevoel. Ons het gevoel dat dit ons 'n bietjie sal neem om momentum gedurende die toernooi te kry. Jill (Ellis) het hom uitstekend van sy taak gekwyt in terme van die bestuur van die span, so dank aan haar en die span dat hulle ons rolle met 'n 'T' gespeel het. '

Na die wedstryd het Rapinoe, wat Vrydag 34 geword het, haar broer Brian 'n 'gelukkige verjaardag' toegewens. Rapinoe het openlik gepraat oor haar broer se verslawingprobleme. Hy woon tans by die San Diego's Male Community Reentry Program, 'n rehabilitasieprogram wat Brian (39) in staat sal stel om uit die tronk te bly terwyl hy 'n vonnis op dwelmmisdrywe voltooi.

Met die Nederlandse ondersteuners op die agtergrond, vier die Amerikaanse vrouesokkerspan sy vierde Wêreldbeker -titel

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Verenigde State se voorspeler Megan Rapinoe poseer met die goue bal langs die middelveldspeler Rose Lavelle van die Verenigde State met die silwer bal ná die eindstryd van die Wêreldbeker -sokkertoernooi in Frankryk tussen die VSA en Nederland in 2019

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Sondag was die eerste keer in die toernooi dat die Amerikaanse vroue rustyd sonder voorsprong ingegaan het - en nie omdat hulle nie hul kans gehad het nie.

Die Nederlandse doelwagter Sari van Veenendaal was die ongetwyfelde ster van die eerste 45 minute, wat vier moeilike reddings gemaak het en verskeie Amerikaanse doeleindes afgeskakel het.

Die Amerikaners wat sterk bevoordeel is, het voorheen in die eerste 12 minute van elke ander toernooi gespeel. Sondag was ook slegs die tweede keer in die toernooi dat die VSA rustyd sonder voorsprong ingaan.

Die VSA het in die 27ste minuut byna 'n hoekskop aangeteken toe die bal na die middelveldspeler Julie Ertz teruggespring het, wie se skoot maklik deur Van Veenendaal gered is.

Die Amerikaners sou nog 'n halfdosyn, of so, kans kry, maar kon nie met Van Veenendaal omskakel nie en die Nederlandse verdediging het die Amerikaanse aanval in die eerste helfte verstik.

Vir haar doel het LaVelle die bal sowat 30 meter uitgehaal, na die strafgebied gevorder en verby die verdediger Stefanie van der Gragt gespring voordat sy 'n lae hou verby doelwagter Sari van Veenendaal geplant het.

'Ek is so trots op haar,' het Rapinoe gesê. "Sy is 'n superster."

Sy is gepeupel toe sy in die arms van haar spanmaats duik toe sy na die Amerikaanse bank spring om dit te vier.

Alyssa Naeher, the 31-year-old who succeeded Hope Solo in goal, faced repeated questions entering the tournament but allowed just three goals in the tournament and finished with her fourth shutout.

In only their second world cup, the Dutch women reached the final, where they lost 2-0 to the reigning champion Americans

In a repeat of an earlier celebration, United States captain Megan Rapinoe strikes a dramatic pose after scoring a penalty kick

Rose Lavelle of the USA celebrates after scoring her team's second goal of the final against the Netherlands

The now four-time champion Americans have been called brash and over-confident throughout this World Cup, starting with their 13-0 win over Thailand when they were criticized for celebrating every goal.

Veteran Carli Lloyd poked fun at the pearl-clutching during the team's 3-0 win over Chile by celebrating one of her two scores with a sarcastic golf clap.

But while that the Americans did score 10 fewer goals against the Chileans, the reality was the game was primarily played by backups, prompting defender Ali Krieger to boast that the U.S. has 'the best team and the second-best team in the world.'

The U.S. shutout of nemesis Sweden and the subsequent 2-1 knockout stage wins over Spain and France only supported Krieger's claim.

Megan Rapinoe celebrates another World Cup title

The issue of American arrogance came up before the semi-final against England as Lionesses coach Phil Neville discovered U.S. women's team staffers scoping his team's hotel.

A pair of U.S. staffers visited the Fourvière Hotel, which is close to the old town, while England was out at a practice.

The England-born U.S. coach Jill Ellis insisted it was a sign of good preparation rather than arrogance, because the Americans were considering using that hotel if the advanced to the final, which they did.

But Neville claimed it was bad etiquette to scout the hotel before winning the semi-final.

'It's important that our team has confidence,' Ellis said. 'I don't think in any way this is an arrogant team.'

Then, when the Americans did beat England in the semi-final, forward Alex Morgan was criticized for celebrating the go-ahead goal by pretending to drink a cup of tea - something many saw as being disrespectful to the English.

However, nobody generated more controversy than Rapinoe.

The U.S. captain has made headlines off the field during the World Cup, most notably, when a previously recorded interview with Eight by Eight magazine showed her declaring she would not 'go to the f***ing White House' if the Americans win the tournament.

She has also refused to sing the national anthem before games after previously kneeling in protest in 2016. The U.S. Soccer federation has since implemented a rule requiring players to stand, and Rapinoe has complied.

Rapinoe did not sing the national anthem before Sunday's game.

'Congratulations to the #USWNT on their 4th World Cup win!' Tweeted feminist icon and tennis legend Billie Jean King. 'These athletes have brought more attention, support and pride to women´s sport than perhaps any other team in history. It is long past time to pay them what they rightly deserve.'

United States soccer team captain Megan Rapinoe scores on a penalty kick in the second half of Sunday's final

The United States women's soccer team celebrates Rose LaVelle's goal, which gave the Americans a 2-0 lead

United States women's soccer team captain Megan Rapinoe celebrates after scoring a penalty in the 61st minute

Megan Rapinoe of the USA reacts during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Final match

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American forward Alex Morgan is dropped to the turf by Dutch defender Dominique Bloodworth

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United States captain Megan Rapinoe questions the officials over a perceived missed call in the World Cup final

Samantha Mewis of the United States out-jumps Lieke Martens of Netherlandsfor a header during the first half

Abby Dahlkemper of the USA is challenged by Lineth Beerensteyn of the Netherlands

Sari van Veenendaal of Netherlands makes a save on a shot from Tobin Heath in the World Cup final

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United States' goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher (C) shouts are her defenders during the France 2019 World Cup final

Megan Rapinoe (right) has also refused to sing the national anthem before games after previously kneeling in protest in 2016. The U.S. Soccer federation has since implemented a rule requiring players to stand, and Rapinoe has complied. She did not sing the national anthem before Sunday's game

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Megan Rapinoe stretches before Sunday's World Cup final against the Netherlands. She missed the semi-final win over England with a hamstring strain, but is expected to be ready for action in Lyon on Sunday

Netherlands' Lineth Beerensteyn, left, is challenged by United States' Kelley O Hara during the Women's World Cup final soccer match between US and The Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon in Decines

Christen Press scored a goal in place of injured Megan Rapinoe in the semi-final win over England

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American soccer fans show their support for the U.S. team as it prepares to face the Netherlands in the World Cup final

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U.S. captain Megan Rapinoe has made headlines off the field during the World Cup, most notably, when a previously recorded interview showed her declaring she would not 'go to the f***ing White House' if the Americans win the tournament. However, the self-described 'walking protest' to President Donald Trump has also made headlines on the field, where she scored five goals before sitting out the semi-final win over England with a hamstring injury. Rapinoe is expected to play against the Dutch

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U.S. SOCCER STAR MEGAN RAPINOE CALLS OUT FIFA

Megan Rapinoe called out FIFA on the eve of the Women's World Cup title match.

Her criticism Saturday ranged from the gap in prize money between the men and women, to scheduling that put the World Cup final on the same day as the Gold Cup final in the United States and the Copa America final in Brazil. Rapinoe and the United States play the Netherlands on Sunday for the championship.

A day earlier, FIFA President Gianni Infantino had announced that he'll seek to expand the tournament field from 24 to 32 teams and double the prize money for the women. But even doubling the pool from $30 million to $60 million doesn't diminish the gap with the men's World Cup prize money, which is set at $440 million for Qatar, up from $400 million in Russia last year.

Rapinoe has maintained that FIFA doesn't truly care about the women's game.

Megan Rapinoe of the U.S. during the warm up before Saturday's World Cup final in Lyon

'If you really care are you letting the gap grow? Are you scheduling three finals on the same day? No, you're not. Are you letting federations have their teams play two games in the four years between each tournament? No, you're not,' Rapinoe said. 'That's what I mean about the level of care, you need attention and detail and the best minds that we have in the women's game, helping it grow every single day.'

Inequity between the men's and women's World Cup had been stark since before this year's tournament started, focused on the prize money and scheduling, but also on the promotion of the event.

Asked what would ensure the growth of the game globally following this summer's tournament, Rapinoe sang the opening refrain from the O'Jays song 'For the Love of Money.'

'Money, Money, Money, Money. Money from FIFA, money from federations. Money from advertisers, sponsors, rights-holders, TV. All of that. And obviously not just blindly throwing cash at things, but investing in infrastructure, in training programs and academies for women, in coaching for women. All of it,' she said. 'I don't think you get to the point of having an incredible business by running it on a budget that's a dollar more than it was last year. You have to make up-front investments and really bet on the future.'

Infantino sought to address concerns Friday, pointing to the successes of the tournament in France, including record television audiences.

Rapinoe shared her displeasure with FIFA on Saturday

'Nothing is impossible and based on the success of this World Cup of course we have to believe bigger and to do what we should have done already probably some time ago,' Infantino said. 'But now we have the evidence to do it for women's football.'

Approval to expand the field for the 2023 Women's World Cup would have to come quickly because bidding is already under way. The 37-member FIFA Council is due to vote for the host next March. Nine countries have expressed interest, with formal bids due Oct. 4.

He'll also propose raising the women's prize money, team preparation funding and cash for clubs releasing players to $100 million, up from $50 million for France. However, men's teams in Qatar will see those funds go up to $649 million.

FIFA's cash reserves at the end of 2018 stood at $2.74 billion.

'I understand it's a very complex problem,' Rapinoe said. 'But the resources are there and I think the willingness and the brain power is all there, the people wanting to work in the women's game and make it as good as we can, it's all there. It's just a matter of wanting to do it and caring enough about it, to make it happen. I mean, we're making a World Cup in Qatar happen.'

Rapinoe did praise the U.S. Soccer federation for its support of the women's national team. The comments come despite a federal lawsuit the players filed against the federation, accusing it of discrimination and seeking more equitable pay to the men's team. The two sides are expected to mediate the dispute when the World Cup is over.

'We don't often give them kudos, but that's definitely one that I'm willing to give. They back the team in a very strong way and have pushed the game, not only in our country but around the world, to a level that without us, we wouldn't be here in the world game,' she said. 'So I think that they do deserve a tremendous amount of credit for that, and we'll continue to nudge them forward.'

Fans arrive at the 2019 World Cup final in Lyon, where the United States women's soccer team will face the Netherlands


Best in the world: United States shuts out Netherlands 2-0 to win its 4th World Cup

LYON, France — Megan Rapinoe stood on the field, arms outstretched, striking her now trademark victory pose symbolizing the confidence of a U.S. team that celebrated and savored each triumph at the Women's World Cup.

Rapinoe won the Golden Ball as top player and the Golden Boot as top scorer, and the United States backed up its brashness by winning while simultaneously making a strong statement for gender equity.

"We've done exactly what we set out to do, done exactly what we wanted to do, said what we feel," Rapinoe said. "All of us, really. I know sometimes my voice is louder, but everybody is in this together. We're such a proud and strong and defiant group of women."

The U.S. won its record fourth Women's World Cup title and second in a row, beating the Netherlands 2-0 Sunday night when Rapinoe converted a tiebreaking penalty kick in the second half and Rose Lavelle added a goal.

Rapinoe scored in the 61st minute after a video review determined Stefanie van der Gragt had fouled Alex Morgan with a kick to the shoulder while competing for a deflected pass in the penalty area.

David Vincent, Associated Press

Two days past her 34th birthday, Rapinoe slotted the ball past Sari van Veenendaal for her sixth goal of the tournament. She became the oldest player to score in a Women's World Cup final.

"Getting to play at the highest level of the World Cup with the team we have is just ridiculous. But to be able to couple that with everything on the field and to back up all of those words with performances and to back up all of those performances with words, it's just incredible," Rapinoe said. "I feel like this team is in the midst of changing the world around us as we live, and it's just an incredible feeling."

Lavelle, at 24 the team's up-and-coming star, added her third goal of the tournament on an 18-yard left-footed shot in the 69th after a solo run from the center circle.

"It's been a long journey. It doesn't seem real yet. I hasn't hit me, it's so surreal, to be part of this group and to play with these players," Lavelle said.

The monthlong journey isn't over quite yet for players who captured the hearts of a nation. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio needed just a few seconds after the match to invite the team to a ticker-tape parade up the Canyon of Heroes in Manhattan on Wednesday.

Fans, many dressed in red, white and blue, chanted "Equal Pay!" at the final whistle, a reminder players sued the U.S. Soccer Federation in March claiming gender discrimination. The sides have agreed to mediate the lawsuit.

Rapinoe drew the ire of U.S. President Donald Trump by saying she would refuse to visit the White House. Trump called out Rapinoe on Twitter, saying she should never "disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team." He said he would invite the team win or lose.

But shortly after the title game, Trump tweeted: "Congratulations to the U.S. Women's Soccer Team on winning the World Cup! Great and exciting play. America is proud of you all!"

Rapinoe also called out FIFA on the eve of the championship, suggesting soccer's governing body was not doing enough to grow the women's game, pointing to unequal prize money and the scheduling of the final on the same day as the championships of the CONCACAF Gold Cup in Chicago and the Copa America final in Brazil.

Whether unequal treatment from soccer officials will change is uncertain. The Americans' dominance in France is unquestioned.

They never trailed at the tournament and set records with 26 goals and a 12-game World Cup winning streak dating to 2015. Jill Ellis became the first coach to lead a team to two Women's World Cup titles, and the U.S. joined Germany in 2003 and 2007 as the only repeat champions. While the U.S. has four titles, Germany is the only other nation with even two.

Francisco Seco, Associated Press

"It's just chemistry. They put their hearts and soul into this journey," Ellis said. "They made history."

FIFA President Gianni Infantino handed over the trophy, a stark contrast to four years ago in Canada, when then-president Sepp Blatter was a no-show as U.S. prosecutors investigated corruption in soccer's governing body.

With confidence that some called arrogance — triggering a backlash that the angry response was sexist — this American team established a standard that exceeded the U.S. champions of 1991, 1999 and 2015, becoming a goal for all others to match. Mia Hamm and Brandi Chastain were among the former American players who joined the current generation for the postgame celebration. Tobin Heath made angels in the fallen confetti.

Alyssa Naeher, the 31-year-old who succeeded Hope Solo in goal, faced repeated questions entering the tournament but allowed just three goals and finished with her fourth shutout.

The U.S. had scored within the first 12 minutes of its previous six matches but the European champions sat back to keep their defensive shape and kept the score 0-0 through the first half.

Video review, adopted by FIFA for the men's World Cup last year, showed its impact when Stephanie Frappart, the first woman to referee a men's Ligue 1 match, initially did not call the foul on Morgan, then went to the screen at the side of the field, watched replays and signaled toward the spot.

Rapinoe, who missed Tuesday's semifinal win over England with a hamstring injury, became the first woman to score on a penalty kick during a Women's World Cup final, her 50th goal in 158 international appearances. She ended the Netherlands' 317-minute scoreless streak and matched Morgan and England's Ellen White for most goals in the tournament, winning the Golden Ball based on fewer minutes.

Rapinoe was given a standing ovation when she was substituted in the 79th minute. The crowd of 57,900 at Stade de Lyon for Le Grand Finale included France President Emmanuel Macron.

Rebounding from a loss to Sweden on penalty kicks in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Olympics, the Americans opened the World Cup with a record 13-0 rout of lowly Thailand, triggering debate over whether the celebrations after each goal were excessive. Carli Lloyd responded the next match by following a goal with a polite golf clap. Then Morgan stirred it up again when she scored against England and celebrated as if sipping tea, pinkie outstretched.

Now, after all the memorable drama, they will have a fourth star above the crest on the team's jerseys and a higher platform to advance their cause.

"It's something that we've worked so hard for. All of us, individually, have just faced so much adversity through this whole journey," Morgan said. "We've been tested individually and collectively so much. So to see, four years ago, us go from two to three, and now three to four, it's really a dream come true."


U.S. women top Holland to lift record fourth soccer World Cup

LYON, France (AP) — The United States women’s soccer team was as good as the American players had promised — maybe even better.

Especially Megan Rapinoe, the captain who emerged with the Golden Ball as top player after missing the semifinal vs. England with an injury, the Golden Boot as top scorer and a worldwide stature as a champion for gender equity.

The U.S. won its record fourth Women’s World Cup title and second in a row, beating the Netherlands 2-0 Sunday when Rapinoe converted a tie-breaking penalty kick in the second half and Rose Lavelle added a goal.

Rapinoe scored in the 61st minute after a video review determined Stefanie van der Gragt had fouled Alex Morgan with a high kick to in the penalty area.

Two days past her 34th birthday, Rapinoe slotted the ball past goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal for her sixth goal of the tournament. The oldest player to score in a Women’s World Cup final, she struck a familiar victorious pose with arms outstretched.

“It’s surreal. I don’t know how to feel right now. It’s ridiculous,” Rapinoe said. “We’re crazy, and that’s what makes us so special. We just have no quit in us. We’re so tight, and we’ll do anything to win.”

Lavelle, at 24 the team’s up-and-coming star, added her third goal of the tournament on an 18-yard left-footed shot in the 69th after a solo run from the center circle. “She’s a superstar, not even in the making — she’s straight-up superstar at this point,” Rapinoe said of Lavelle.

Fans, many dressed in red, white and blue, chanted “Equal Pay!” at the final whistle, a reminder that players sued the U.S. Soccer Federation in March claiming gender discrimination.

Rapinoe drew the ire of President Donald Trump during the tournament by saying she and teammates would refuse to visit the White House. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio needed just a few seconds after the final whistle to invite the team to a ticker-tape parade up the Canyon of Heroes in Manhattan on Wednesday.

The Americans never trailed in the tournament and set records with 26 goals and a 12-game World Cup winning streak dating to 2015. U.S. coach Jill Ellis became the first coach to lead a team to two Women’s World Cup titles, and the U.S. joined Germany in 2003 and 2007 as the only repeat champions.

“It’s just chemistry. They put their hearts and soul into this journey,” Ellis said. “They made history.”

Soccer governing body FIFA’s president, Gianni Infantino, handed over the trophy, a stark contrast to four years ago in Canada, when the organization’s then-president, Sepp Blatter, was a no-show as U.S. prosecutors investigated corruption. While the U.S. with the World Cup win adds a fourth star to its jersey, Germany is the only nation that has even two.

With confidence and brashness that some called arrogance — triggering a backlash that the angry response was sexist — this American team established a standard of excellence that exceeded the U.S. champions of 1991, 1999 and 2015. Former American players joined the current generation on the field for the postgame celebration.

Alyssa Naeher, the 31-year-old who succeeded Hope Solo in goal, faced repeated questions entering the tournament but allowed just three goals in the tournament and finished Sunday with her fourth clean sheet.

The U.S. had scored within the first 12 minutes of its previous six matches in the tournament, but the Dutch side sat back to keep their defensive shape and kept the score 0-0 through the first half.

Video review, also set to be used by FIFA for the men’s World Cup last year, showed its impact when Stephanie Frappart, the first woman to referee a men’s match in France’s Ligue 1, went to the screen at the side of the field and emerged signaling toward the spot.

Rapinoe, who missed Tuesday’s semifinal win over England with a hamstring injury, became the first woman to score on a penalty kick during a Women’s World Cup final, her 50th goal in 158 international appearances. She matched teammate Alex Morgan and England’s Ellen White for most goals in the tournament and won the Golden Ball based on fewer minutes played.

Rapinoe was given a standing ovation when she was subbed out in the 79th minute. The audience of 57,900 at Stade de Lyon for Le Grand Finale included French President Emmanuel Macron.

The Americans opened the tournament with a record 13-0 rout of lowly Thailand, triggering debate over whether the celebrations after each goal were excessive. Morgan responded at the next match by following a goal with a polite golf clap. Then she stirred it up again when she scored against England with a pantomimed tea sip, pinkie outstretched.


USWNT wins 4th World Cup by blanking Dutch

LYON, France -- The United States women's soccer team was as good as American players promised -- maybe even better.

Especially Megan Rapinoe, the pink-haired captain who emerged with the Golden Ball as top player, the Golden Boot as top scorer, and worldwide stature as a champion for gender equity.

The U.S. won its record fourth Women's World Cup title and second in a row, beating the Netherlands 2-0 on Sunday night when Rapinoe converted a tiebreaking penalty kick in the second half and Rose Lavelle added a goal.

Rapinoe scored in the 61st minute after a video review determined Stefanie van der Gragt had fouled Alex Morgan with a kick to the shoulder in the penalty area.

Two days past her 34th birthday, Rapinoe slotted the ball past goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal for her sixth goal of the tournament. The oldest player to score in a Women's World Cup final, she struck a familiar victorious pose with arms outstretched.

"It's surreal. I don't know how to feel like now. It's ridiculous," Rapinoe said. "We're crazy and that's what makes us so special. We just have no quit in us. We're so tight, and we'll do anything to win."

Lavelle, at 24 the team's up-and-coming star, added her third goal of the tournament on an 18-yard left-footed shot in the 69th minute after a solo run from the center circle.

"She's a superstar, not even in the making -- she's straight-up superstar at this point," Rapinoe said.

Fans, many dressed in red, white and blue, chanted, "Equal pay!" at the final whistle, a reminder that players sued the U.S. Soccer Federation in March claiming gender discrimination.

Rapinoe drew the ire of U.S. President Donald Trump during the tournament by saying she and teammates would refuse to visit the White House, part of the team's wider push for gender equity. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio needed just a few seconds after the final whistle to invite the team to a ticker-tape parade up the Canyon of Heroes in Manhattan on Wednesday.

Trump tweeted his congratulations to the U.S. women's team on Sunday afternoon.

Congratulations to the U.S. Women's Soccer Team on winning the World Cup! Great and exciting play. America is proud of you all!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 7, 2019

The Americans never trailed in the tournament and set records with 26 goals and a 12-game World Cup winning streak dating back to 2015. U.S. coach Jill Ellis became the first coach to lead a team to two Women's World Cup titles, and the U.S. joined Germany in 2003 and 2007 as the only repeat champions.

"It's just chemistry. They put their hearts and soul into this journey," Ellis said. "They made history."

FIFA president Gianni Infantino handed over the trophy, a stark contrast to four years ago in Canada, when then-president Sepp Blatter was a no-show as U.S. prosecutors investigated corruption in soccer's governing body. While the U.S. added a fourth star to its jersey, Germany is the only nation that has even two.

With confidence and brashness that some called even arrogant -- triggering a backlash that the angry response was sexist -- this American team established a standard of excellence that exceeded the U.S. champions of 1991, 1999 and 2015, becoming a goal for all others to match. Former American players joined the current generation on the field for the postgame celebration.

Alyssa Naeher, the 31-year-old who succeeded Hope Solo in goal, faced repeated questions entering the tournament but allowed just three goals in the tournament and finished with her fourth shutout.

The U.S. had scored within the first 12 minutes of its previous six matches in the tournament, but the European champions sat back to keep their defensive shape and kept the score 0-0 through the first half.

Megan Rapinoe, who scored a penalty kick in the 61st minute, scored six goals in the World Cup, including four go-ahead goals in the knockout phase. Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images

Video review, adopted by FIFA for the men's World Cup last year, showed its impact when Stephanie Frappart, the first woman to referee a men's Ligue 1 match, went to the screen at the side of the field and then signaled toward the spot.

Rapinoe, who missed Tuesday's semifinal win over England with a hamstring injury, became the first woman to score on a penalty kick during a Women's World Cup final, her 50th goal in 158 international appearances. She matched teammate Alex Morgan and England's Ellen White for most goals in the tournament and won the Golden Ball based on fewer minutes.

Rapinoe was given a standing ovation by the crowd when she subbed out in the 79th minute. The crowd of 57,900 at Stade de Lyon for Le Grand Finale included French President Emmanuel Macron.

The Americans opened the tournament with a record 13-0 rout of Thailand, triggering debate over whether the celebrations after each goal were excessive. Morgan responded the next match by following a goal with a polite golf clap. Then she stirred it up again when she scored against England with a tea sip, pinkie outstretched.


U.S. Women's Soccer Team Wins 2019 FIFA World Cup Over Netherlands

The United States has secured its fourth Women’s World Cup title, beating the Netherlands 2-0.

Sunday’s win at Stade de Lyon in France marked the team’s second consecutive World Cup victory and its 12th consecutive win in World Cup matches. This sets a new record for consecutive wins after the U.S. broke the previous record that it set during Tuesday’s victory over England.

The final match went scoreless during the first half, which saw the U.S. largely maintaining possession of the ball. The U.S. had previously scored a goal within the first 12 minutes of every World Cup match this year.

The game’s first goal was made by Megan Rapinoe, who wore the captain’s armband, around the 61-minute mark during a penalty shot. The penalty kick followed Alex Morgan getting hit on the shoulder by Stefanie van der Gragt, who was given a yellow card.

The second goal was scored roughly seven minutes later by Rose Lavelle, who scored three times in her first World Cup.

Rapinoe, who scored six goals in this tournament, missed last week’s semifinal against England because of a slight hamstring strain. Lavelle left the semifinal in the 65th minute for the same reason.

Rapinoe was named winner of the Golden Ball, for best player, as well as winner of the Golden Boot, for top goal scorer. Though Rapinoe’s six goals tied her with Morgan and Ellen White, she also had three assists.

Rapinoe, at 34, is the oldest player to score in a FIFA World Cup match while Lavelle, 24, is the second-youngest American to score in a World Cup final. Morgan was 22 when she scored in the 2011 final against Japan.

The Netherlands’ Sari Van Veenendaal earned the Golden Glove Award, for best goalkeeper, and Germany’s Giulia Gwinn was recognized with the Young Player award, which honors the best player under the age of 21. France was also recognized with the Fair Play Trophy for having the best record of fair play.