Photos From the USWNT Victory Parade Will Make Your Heart Swell to the Size of a Soccer Ball


Champagne and confetti are in store for the US Women’s National Soccer Team. The 23 kickass players came home after their historic World Cup win — here’s a list of records the team broke if you need a refresher. They’ve been celebrating ever since, and June 10 marked a crowded and well-deserved ticker-tape parade in Lower Manhattan. On the US floats, clad in sunglasses, medals, and “World Champion” t-shirts, stood Megan Rapinoe, who won the coveted Golden Boot for most goals and Golden Ball for the best player in the tournament, along with teammates Alex Morgan (Silver Boot winner) and Rose Lavelle (Bronze Ball winner). Greats like Carli Lloyd and Julie Ertz joined them.

If you missed the parade, there was lots of confetti (duh) and power poses. Also, team members, including Crystal Dunn, started an “equal pay” chant. We’d expect nothing less from the team whose platform at the World Cup brought attention to the US Soccer Federation gender pay gap. At one point, Alex sprayed the crowd with Champagne — which, if we could guess, felt like being showered with fearlessness. Ahead, check out pictures from the parade that will warm your heart and make you even more proud of these great women.

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