No One On US Women's Soccer Team Wants To Visit WH

Ross Houston
July 10, 2019

United States women's national soccer team star Megan Rapinoe defended her decision to kneel during the national anthem in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, conceding that she was aware the protest would make "people uncomfortable".

But she said the team would be happy to talk to people who "believe in the same things we believe in" such as AOC and the Democratic House Speaker. "I think he's going to make things right", she said.

"Fans can come to games, obviously national team games will be hot ticket, but we have nine teams in the NWSL, you can go to your league games, you can support that way, you can buy players' jerseys, you can lend your support that way, you can tell your friends about it, you can become season ticket holders", Rapinoe responded.

Rapinoe, one of several gay players on the team, also took aim at Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan, saying the president is looking back to a time that "was not great for everyone". "It might have been great for a few people and maybe America's great for a few people right now, but it's not great for enough Americans in this world".

He then extended an invitation to the US women's soccer team to visit the White House regardless of whether the team brings back the World Cup.

Rapinoe played a key role in the team that surged to World Cup success in France, culminating in Sunday's victory over Netherlands in the final.

After thanking city and NY state officials and authorities, Rapinoe called for the audience and people listening to step up in their communities and work to make the world better.

Rapinoe won both the Golden Boot award, given to the tournament's top scorer, and the Golden Ball award as the World Cup's most valuable player.

"We haven't yet invited Megan or the team, but I am now inviting the TEAM, win or lose", Trump then added. According to the athlete, refusing to place her hand over her heart during "The Star Spangled Banner" is an "F you" to President Donald Trump. "I think it's time to move to the next phase".

"I don't think that we want that to be co-opted or corrupted by this administration", she said.

"If we want to talk about the ideals we stand for, the song and the anthem and what we are founded on, I think I am extremely American", she told reporters. "There's so many other people that I would rather talk to, and have meaningful conversations that could really affect change in Washington, than going to the White House".

Before Rapinoe spoke, U.S. Soccer Federation president Carlos Cordeiro spoke, but was interrupted by chants of "Equal pay!". The men's World Cup in Russian Federation generated over $6 billion in revenue, with the participating teams sharing $400 million, less than 7% of revenue.

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