U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin introduced a bill Tuesday that would prevent federal funding from being used for the 2026 World Cup until the U.S. Soccer Federation agrees to play the American men's and women's teams equally. As Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and Co. knocked off one opponent after another and asserted their squad's dominance on the global stage, a major subplot was a gender discrimination lawsuit the team filed earlier this year against the U.S. Soccer Federation.
Manchin received a letter from West Virginia's women's soccer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown about the equal pay discussion, prompting Manchin to propose the bill.
"I received a letter from Coach Izzo-Brown highlighting her worries that women on the WVU Women's Soccer Team could one day make the US women's team and not get paid the same as the men's team". "I'm encouraging everyone to call their Senator and Representatives to help us get this bill passed and finally pay the equitable pay they deserve". In 1994, when the United States first hosted the World Cup, relatively little spending was needed to get the country ready to host the event.
"It's gonna be liiiit", Rapinoe said, drawing out the word as she climbed aboard a float shortly before 9 a.m., with a Champagne flute in her hand.
"It should just be, you know, we are Team U.S.A and we won and we are being honored and it should just be that", she told "Fox & Friends".
Cuomo thanked the team for helping to lead the fight for equality.
"The level of interest and excitement is much higher from four years ago", said Jessica Lappin, president of the parade's organizers, Alliance of Downtown New York, referring to the 2015 parade for the team after its last World Cup victory.
The women's team members earn less than 10 % of what the men earn, despite the team outperforming the men both on the field and in revenue generation. But no one, he said, has put it into better words than US player Megan Rapinoe, one of the (controversial) stars of this year's tournament. The fans in Stade de Lyon booed Infantino and chanted, "equal pay!" after the whistle blew and the US became world champions again.