SEATTLE – Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan took to Twitter Sunday to congratulate the United States Women’s National Team on their second-straight World Cup victory and invite them to come to Seattle for a parade to celebrate.
“…Skip the White House – Seattle is ready to celebrate and give you a parade! (Sue Bird) can be the grand marshal!” Durkan said in a tweet to the team and Megan Rapinoe.
The United States defeated the Netherlands 2-0 on Sunday in France to win their fourth overall World Cup.
Rapinoe’s penalty kick in the 61st minute gave the United States a 1-0 lead and marked her sixth goal in the tournament.
The Seattle Reign FC star finished the tournament tied with Alex Morgan after recording six goals and three assists.
Rapinoe won the coveted Golden Boot Award, given to the tournament’s top scorer, over Morgan because she played in fewer minutes.
Durkan’s offer to Rapinoe and her teammates to celebrate in Seattle comes after the American star made headlines in June when she said she would not visit the White House if the team won the World Cup.
“I’m not going to the f—— White House. No, I’m not going to the White House. We’re not going to be invited…,” Rapinoe said, in part, in a video posted by Eight by Eight magazine.
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According to The Associated Press, the interview was conducted in January but was shared online June 26.
On June 26, President Donald Trump responded to Rapinoe’s comments in a series of tweets.
“I am a big fan of the American Team, and Women’s Soccer, but Megan should win first before she TALKS! Finish the job! We haven’t yet…….. Invited Megan or the team, but I am now inviting the Team, win or lose. Megan should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team,” Trump tweeted.
After the United States win Sunday, Trump took to Twitter to share his congratulations.
“Congratulations to the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team on winning the World Cup! Great and exciting play. America is proud of you all!” Trump wrote.
Rapinoe has frequently spoken out about politics and has criticized the Trump administration and its policies in the past.
In an interview with Yahoo! Sports in May, Rapinoe said she is “a walking protest when it comes to the Trump administration” because of “everything (I) stand for.”
“I feel like it’s kind of defiance in and of itself to just be who I am and wear the jersey, and represent it,” she said. “Because I’m as talented as I am, I get to be here. … So it’s kind of a good ‘F you’ to any sort of inequality or bad sentiments that the (Trump) administration might have towards people who don’t look exactly like him.”
She began kneeling during the anthem in 2016 to show solidarity with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who did it before NFL games to protest social and racial injustice. But the United States Soccer Federation then adopted a policy that requires players to stand.
Now she stands, but she has been criticized by some for not singing and putting her hand over her heart like other players.
Rapinoe played collegiately for the University of Portland and has played for Reign FC since 2013.
Information from the Associated Press is included in this story
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