Thousands of fans packed City Hall Plaza, while others clung to fences around the perimeter, to honor members of the Women’s World Cup-winning U.S. National Soccer Team — and to serenade them with chants of “Equal pay” and “Cut the check” on Wednesday.
The tight-knit, 23-member squad carry themselves with a swagger and skill befitting New York City. Several players, including World Cup Golden Ball recipient Megan Rapinoe, danced through their introductions and saluted the fans as they received keys to the city from Mayor Bill de Blasio in recognition of their second consecutive World Cup title, and fourth overall.
“I’m so proud to have them as role models,” said Kate M., a 13-year-old fan from Connecticut. “I love playing soccer. And I love watching them and applying what they do to my game.”