Megan Rapinoe and her team finished the job. Now the question is, how will the Trump honor World Cup winners who have carved out a remarkable political and societal legacy? Who Cares!
USA 2 – 0 Netherlands
— Live News Cloud ⛅️ (@livenewscloud) July 7, 2019
USA’s win over the Netherlands in the World Cup final in France on Sunday did not just spark celebrations among their fans. It validated the team’s status as icons whose willingness to go beyond soccer soundbites inspired youngsters, created critics who chafed at their politics and challenged perceptions of how athletes should behave.
A public feud between Rapinoe and Trump during the tournament pulled her team into the political storm that constantly rages around the President.
But the star forward’s success in leading her team to glory made a statement that resonated far beyond partisan politics. The USA team is driving the evolution in women’s soccer — which lacks the support and attention in the game’s traditional heartlands in Europe and South America that it has in the US but is beginning to catch on.