Megan Rapinoe scored twice to help the US advance to the semifinals in the World Cup on Friday. The offensive explosion comes just days after the president called her out for saying she wouldn't visit the White House if the US were to win the tournament.https://t.co/QI91U7aZTy
— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) June 28, 2019
Yeah, I don’t pretend to understand soccer, but I’m enjoying this. Per the Washington Post:
… Rapinoe’s contributions punctuated a glorious night for women’s soccer, which is trying to make gains in a male-dominated sport. The United States and France were the top two favorites in the tournament, but the draw had placed them in the same bracket for a likely meeting in the quarterfinals.
“I hope this will help this women’s game go further and move into that next level,” said French Coach Corinne Diacre, whose third-ranked team has lost in the quarterfinals in each of the past five major world tournaments…
As kickoff neared, streets leading to the venue filled with fans singing and marching with flags and traditional scarves. Among the chants: “Equal pay!” — a reference to the U.S. players’ efforts for gender equality within the U.S. Soccer Federation…
“But for me, to be gay and fabulous during Pride month at the World Cup is nice.” – https://t.co/d2FpKs5wKh
— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) June 29, 2019
… “Go gays!” she said after the 2-1 quarter-final victory over France in Paris and when asked to comment on whether it being Pride month made her contribution more personally significant. “You can’t win a championship without gays on your team – it’s never been done before, ever. That’s science, right there!
“I’m motivated by people who like me, who are fighting for the same things. I take more energy from that than from trying to prove anyone wrong. That’s draining on yourself. But for me, to be gay and fabulous, during Pride month at the World Cup, is nice.”
Her latest comments follow the 33-year-old’s row with Donald Trump, after footage shot earlier this year emerged showing her saying: “I’m not going to the fucking White House,” when she was asked whether she would visit if her her team won the World Cup.
She urged her USA teammates to “think hard” about associating themselves with Trump before the win over France, whilst apologising for using an obscenity, but repeating she would not visit the White House if the team won…
— Franklin Leonard (@franklinleonard) June 28, 2019
One huge difference between Donald Trump and Megan Rapinoe is she doesn’t have to pay 130k to score.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) June 28, 2019
…and she can do it twice. pic.twitter.com/NHLuIYEynX
— Devin's Tears are tasty (@DoraCarrillo17) June 28, 2019