The USWNT celebrate another world championship. (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)
Here’s a great trivia question:
Which sports team had two trips down the Canyon of Heroes in New York City in the past decade?
You’re wrong if you said the New York Yankees. They did not win a World Series from 2010-2019.
You’re wrong if you said the New York Giants. They were feted for their 2012 Super Bowl triumph (they also won in 2008, but that’s another decade)
You’re correct if you said it was the U.S. women’s national team, which enjoyed another ride after winning the Women’s World Cup in 2015
In fact, it has become the Canyon of Heroines, given that the team has won consecutive world championships.
During ceremonies at City Hall, Megan Rapinoe, the World Cup MVP, stole the show, as she was chosen to speak last, but certainly not the least.
“This group is so resilient, is so tough, has such a sense of humor, is just so badass,” Rapinoe said. “Just shoutout to the teammates. … We’re chillin’. We’ve got tea sippin’. We’ve got celebrations. We have pink hair and purple hair. We have tattoos and dreadlocks. We’ve got white girls and black girls, and everything in between. Straight girls and gay girls. Hey!”
Mayor Bill de Blasio rode with Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, Julie Ertz and Carli Lloyd on a float with a globe that had the words “World Champions” around its equator.
Long Island’s Crystal Dunn and some other players rode with Gov. Andrew Cuomo on a float carrying a model of the New York skyline.
Each player and head coach Jill Ellis received symbolic keys to the city from de Blasio That included Long Island natives Dunn (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) and Allie Long (Northport, N.Y.). Dunn seemed to revel in the moment, probably the best dancer on the team during the celebrations.
“It’s been a crazy couple of days,” Dunn said. “We are so very fortunate to have so many supporters, our families. Landing in New York was awesome. The parade, I am so happy to have been a part of it. It was just incredible. My head is still in the clouds obviously. Our voices are pretty much gone. It has been a couple of crazy days in the most amazing way.”
Added Long: “Being from New York, it was probably one of the most special, meaningful moments or highlights in my career. There were times where tears were brought to my eyes. It was so grateful and so taken back by the support and the love and amount of people that showed in the city that I love, down the streets that I’ve walked plenty of times. It was remarkable. The support of the women’s game is growing immensely. Just seeing everyone in New York was a testament to that.”
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