The U.S. women’s soccer team won the World Cup title on Sunday, July 7, after beating the Netherlands 2-0 in the final match in Lyon, France. This has been the fourth title for the United States and the second title in a row, making the U.S. team have the best record in women’s soccer.
President Trump congratulated the team in a tweet, “Congratulations to the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team on winning the World Cup! Great and exciting play. America is proud of you all!”
Congratulations to the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team on winning the World Cup! Great and exciting play. America is proud of you all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 7, 2019
The first lady Melania Trump tweeted a congratulatory message to the team,
Congratulations to 2019 Women’s World Cup Champions @TeamUSA! ⚽️🇺🇸
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) July 7, 2019
After the victory against the English 2-1 on Tuesday in semi final, July 3, the United States sent a presidential delegation to attend the final match.
Megan Rapinoe scored the first goal of the match from a penalty in the 61st minute after a video review. Rose Lavelle added another goal in the 69th minute to make it 2-0.
Rapinoe claimed a sixth goal in the tournament and—thanks to three assists and playing fewer minutes—finished as the Golden Boot winner of the most-watched FIFA women’s tournament.
Rebounding from a loss to Sweden on penalty kicks in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Olympics, the Americans opened the World Cup with a record 13-0 rout of Thailand, triggering debate over whether the celebrations after each goal were excessive. Carli Lloyd responded the next match by following a goal with a polite golf clap. Then Morgan stirred it up again when she scored against England and celebrated as if sipping tea, pinkie outstretched.
This World Cup tournament seemed to involve politics over an incident regarding co-captain Megan Rapinoe, after she made a controversial comment during the tournament. When a reporter asked Rapinoe if the team would visit the White House if they won the World Cup title.
“I’m not going to the [expletive] White House,” said Rapinoe. “No, I’m not going to the White House. We’re not going to be invited. I doubt it,” Rapinoe added.
The president then fired back, saying: “Megan should WIN first before she TALKS.”
“Megan should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team,” the president added.
He then invited the team to the White House regardless of winning or losing the tournament.
President Trump claimed to be a fan of the U.S. women’s soccer team, saying, “I love watching women’s soccer. They’re really talented.”
The U.S. team has also won three World Cup titles, in 1991, 1999, and 2015.
Includes reporting from The Associate Press