American Megan Rapinoe won the Golden Boot as the tournamentas top player on the field.
Her comments off the field sparked controversy as she stated early in the tournament that she would not visit the White House if invited and chose to not sing the national anthem (previously she chose to kneel during the anthem until U.S. Soccer banned players from doing so). When asked about her actions she responded: “I think that I’m particularly and uniquely and very deeply American.”
Despite also firing back at Rapinoe on social media, the President shared this comment on the day of the team’s victory: “Congratulations to the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team on winning the World Cup! Great and exciting play. “America is proud of you all!”
The tradition of championships sports teams visiting the White House likely started in 1924 when the Washington Senators championship baseball team visited by invitation of Pres. Coolidge.
The first time a sports team visited the White House ever? 1865 when Pres. Johnson invited two baseball teams: Washington Nationals and Brooklyn Atlantics.
While an invitation to the White House is TBD, NYC mayor and Democrat presidential candidate Bill DiBlasio announced a ticker tape parade will honor the team Wednesday in the Canyon of Heroes in NYC.
**interesting read** While Rapinoe remains outspoken about the White House’s current policies, her father Jim, says he voted for Pres. Trump AND supports and loves his daughter’s ability to peacefully protest.** interesting read here: https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/07/06/womens-world-cup-hometown-star-out-of-step-in-californias-trump-country/