Wednesday's ticker-tape celebration is just the first stop on a protracted victory lap that will send the team across the United States in the coming months. "World Cup champions deserve to be paid like champions and I will continue fighting alongside these incredibly inspiring women as they strive for equal pay".
While the honour has been bestowed on everyone from astronauts to record-breakers, soldiers, and world leaders, in recent decades it has more commonly been used to celebrate sports victories by teams such as baseball's New York Yankees or the NFL's New York Giants. On the rare occasions that the American players managed to create scoring opportunities, they were stopped by Dutch goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal. Rapinoe's third converted penalty and sixth tournament goal, earned the 34-year-old forward both the Golden Ball (Most Valuable Player) and the Golden Boot (tournament's top scorer), trophies.
Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Co. are being paraded through the "Canyon of Heroes" in lower Manhattan this morning. "Finally, there was an opportunity to take space". I made a decision to go for it. ... These athletes generate more revenue and garner higher TV ratings but get paid less simply because they are women.
"The women's team in all of its iterations, literally has brought the game of soccer not only into conversations within American households, but this team is also the first to successfully market and sell soccer to a naive and seemingly indifferent American sports market", she says.
Upon winning their 4th World Cup title Sunday over Netherlands, 2-0, women's team members will receive a maximum of $200,000 each. "Thank you so much, and here's to the next World Cup in another four years". This feat has only been achieved once before by Italian men's coach Vittorio Pozzo, whose team won the prestigious tournament in 1934 and 1938. "I mean, that's ultimately the building block you build on". You know, sponsors, they see the value in it.
The world champion women's team members - who were honored Wednesday in a ticker-tape parade in New York City - will earn a maximum of $260,869 each after winning the World Cup and going on a victory tour. For despite being ranked the first in the world, the female soccer players get paid far less than their male counterparts, who are now ranked 30th.
US women's games have earned higher revenues than the men's United States of America team games, and TV ratings for the women's World Cup Final in the US were much higher than the men's finals in 2018, and far more US women's team merchandise is sold compared to the men.
"NY is going to lead the way and we say to the U.S. Soccer League, and we say to Federation Internationale de Football Association, if you don't pay women what you pay men then you have no business in the state of NY".
Each member of the USA women's national team earned $90,000 in bonuses for reaching the quarterfinals. "Equal work, equal pay", he said.
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