USA women's soccer team prepares for parade, accepts Congress invite

The 4-time World Cup Championship U.S. women's soccer team earns less than 10 percent of what the U.S. men's soccer team earns

In addition to bringing in more World titles than the men, for the past three years, the US women's soccer team has brought in more revenue at $50.8 million compared to $49.9 million. ".We say to the U.S. Soccer league and we say to Federation Internationale de Football Association, if you don't pay women what you pay men, then you have no business in the state of NY".

The Americans finally got the break they had been seeking in the 61st minute, when United States co-captain Alex Morgan was fouled in the penalty box by Dutch defender Stefanie van der Gragt.

The title-winning team stood as the parade down Manhattan's Canyon of Heroes started, and most of Rapinoe's teammates placed their hands over their hearts and sang the Star-Spangled Banner. "You're excluding me, you're excluding people that look like me, you're excluding people of color, you're excluding Americans that maybe support you", she said directly to the camera. "Straight girls and gay girls".

Two of the team's 23 players are native New Yorkers.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio praised the women, opening the ceremony by saying "This team has done something never before seen in the history of this country, the greatest, most-winning soccer team in the history of this country ... and what they accomplished was extraordinary". Fellow co-captain Megan Rapinoe took full advantage of this unexpected opportunity and scored a seemingly effortless goal. Four years later, they're still on top of the world.

Patricia Rice Stella, of Long Island, says that "there's no closing their eyes or turning their back. It's time to make a change".

Members of the US women's soccer team are waving from floats as fans cheer and wave back during a parade in New York City's Canyon of Heroes. Since it entered the city's fleet, the Phaeton has logged more than 27,000 miles on the parade route, carrying the likes of JFK, Neil Armstrong, and Joe DiMaggio.

The US Women's National Team's victory tour will continue with a ticker tape parade in New York City on Wednesday.

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Aly Hoover, 12, of Glen Ridge, New Jersey, stood at the sidelines with a poster of the face of Alex Morgan, one of the team's stars.

During the parade-side bill signing, Cuomo said "there is no rationale why women should not get paid what men get paid". The tape has since been replaced with paper confetti.

Several members of the national team filed a lawsuit in March against the U.S. Soccer Federation, claiming there is institutionalized gender discrimination between the women's and the men's game.

Earlier today, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer announced that Rapinoe had accepted an invitation for the champs to visit Congress following their World Cup win.

The parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. and move up the Canyon of Heroes, a section of Broadway between the Battery and City Hall.

The parade is named for the strands of ticker tape that used to be showered down from nearby office buildings.

After all 28 members of the team received keys to the city, Rapinoe acknowledged the tension and defended Cordeiro during a speech of her own.

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