Alex Morgan and her teammates on the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) have been partying hard to celebrate their second consecutive Women’s World Cup victory after they topped the Netherlands 2-0 on Sunday.
After Morgan and the USWNT got back from France on Monday, she took a break from the turn up to answer questions from the media. While speaking to reporters, she claimed a title for her squad that’s usually reserved for the American football team from Dallas.
“I feel like we’re more than just a soccer team, we’re America’s team in a way, seeing everyone celebrate and support us through these successes,” she told a reporter from SNY, a sports television network in New York.
“And knowing that so much rides on our success in terms of equal pay and being at the forefront of everything and speaking up from important issues that we feel passionate about.”
Morgan, who played collegiate soccer at UC Berkeley, also spoke to a reporter from The Hill about the equal pay chants that filled the stadium in Lyon, France after the U.S. won the World Cup. She said she didn’t only hear supportive chants, though.
“I didn’t hear it until afterwards,” she said. “I heard a lot of boos as well when certain particular people walked up onto the stage. You know it’s pretty great, too, because it shows that people are really tuned into the culture today.”
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi invited the USWNT to Washington to continue celebrating their victory.
“We haven’t talked about it. Of course, it would be great to do something as a team together like that, but we haven’t even had time to talk about that,” Morgan told The Hill,
There’s one person she definitely won’t be visiting in Washington, though: Donald Trump. On Monday, she doubled down on her earlier declaration that she wouldn’t visit the White House.
“I don’t feel necessarily welcome there, and so I don’t believe that I will be individually attending,” she told reporters.
Imagine that – “America’s team” not visiting the White House after winning an international title for the country.
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