Why Megan Rapinoe Is a Great American Story

July 08, 2019 - 8:24 am

(WEEI) Megan Rapinoe is a great American, and the success of the U.S. women’s team is a great American story. They supported their biting off-field candor with on-field dominance, taking home their fourth World Cup title with a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands in Lyon Sunday. Rapinoe, who drew the aggrieved ire of President Trump after promising she would not visit the “f— White House,” won the whole damn thing and scored the invitation anyway. For three weeks, Rapinoe bested the competition and set the international dialogue. Her impact was unmistakable Sunday, when FIFA president Gianni Infantino was met with boos and raucous chants for equal pay before greeting the U.S. women.

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On Saturday, Rapinoe excoriated FIFA for the its gross gender pay disparity and negligent decision to schedule the Women’s World Cup Final on the same day as the men’s Gold Cup Final and 2019 Copa America Final. The Americans in attendance at Stade de Lyon Sunday supported Rapinoe’s message, all while she was presented with the Golden Boot award. The honor is awarded to the tournament’s top scorer.

On Saturday, Rapinoe excoriated FIFA for the its gross gender pay disparity and negligent decision to schedule the Women’s World Cup Final on the same day as the men’s Gold Cup Final and 2019 Copa America Final. The Americans in attendance at Stade de Lyon Sunday supported Rapinoe’s message, all while she was presented with the Golden Boot award. The honor is awarded to the tournament’s top scorer.

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Are you tired of all this winning yet? Didn’t think so.

The U.S. women celebrated their success, much to the chagrin of fuddy-duddies around the world. Alex Morgan nearly set off an international crisis when she pretended to sip some tea after scoring a goal against England last week, and in response, said she was laughing at her critics.

Rapinoe, meanwhile, told them to go cry about it.

Victory is when we all win. It's only crazy until you do it. #justdoit @USWNT pic.twitter.com/pBU7UE2IEs