Published: Thu, July 11, 2019
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US Women’s National Team’s victory parade in NY

US Women’s National Team’s victory parade in NY

Amid chants of "equal pay", "USA" and streams of confetti, the World Cup-winning U.S. women's football team was feted by tens of thousands of adoring fans with a ticker-tape parade in NY on Wednesday.

The team stormed to their fourth World Cup triumph with a 2-0 victory against the Netherlands last weekend and they have returned home to a heroine's welcome in the Big Apple, where city officials have arranged the parade for fans of the team to pay tribute to Megan Rapinoe and co.

Kate Lane, who watched the parade, called the pay gap "massive" for the soccer players and "across the board" for most women.

FILE - In this October 10, 2017, photo, USA player Christian Pulisic, (10) is comforted by assistant coach Dave Sarachan after losing 2-1 against Trinidad and Tobago during a 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match in Couva, Trinidad.

There are also separate bonus structures for certain events like the World Cup.

Alex Morgan won female athlete of the year and shared the best team award with her US women's national soccer teammates at The ESPYS.

The women's team have been outspoken proponents of equal pay, especially after they filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation. "All women should receive fair and equal pay, including our women athletes in every sport".

"But from here on out, we'll just be known as America's team".

The Americans finally got the break they had been seeking in the 61st minute, when U.S. co-captain Alex Morgan was fouled in the penalty box by Dutch defender Stefanie van der Gragt. 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.

"I just want to be like them", she added. He said women's soccer players should be paid the same as male players. "So, I think now it's really a question of education and enforcement: making sure that employers know what their obligations are and that they're following the law".

The U.S. men's team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, held in Russian Federation, and will attempt to make the field for the 2022 tournament, to be held in Qatar. "I mean, that's ultimately the building block you build on. You're excluding me, you're excluding people that look like me, you're excluding people of color, you're excluding Americans that maybe support you", she said directly to the camera.

For Narcotta-Welp, the general solution is simple, especially considering what the USA women's soccer team has done for the sport.

She's hopeful the younger generation is soaking up the message from the women's team, noting a girl about 7 years old wearing an "Equal Pay" T-shirt.

Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino said last week that he wants to double the prize money for the 2023 women's World Cup, to $60 million - but the prize pool for 2022 men's World Cup is also going to increase, to $440 million, so the gap would widen nevertheless. "At this moment, they are cultural icons and should be paid as such".

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