US women's soccer team honored during NYC parade

The United States won its record fourth Women's World Cup title and second in a row, beating the Netherlands 2-0 when Megan Rapinoe converted a penalty kick in the second half and Rose Lavelle added a goal
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NEW YORK CITY, New York (AP) -- The United States Women's Soccer Team was honored with a ticker tape parade up lower Broadway's Canyon of Heroes Wednesday morning in New York City following its 2-0 win Sunday over The Netherlands in the World Cup Championship match in France.

The victory saw the United States successfully defend their 2015 title and join Germany as the only teams to win back to back World Cup titles.

Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio presented each team member with a symbolic key to the city.

U.S. women's soccer team player Megan Rapinoe (ruh-PEE'-noh) says she "couldn't be more proud to be a co-captain."

Rapinoe noted the diversity of team after it was honored with a ticker tape parade up New York City's Canyon of Heroes for winning the World Cup.

She says "we have pink hair and purple hair, we have tattoos and dreadlocks, we got white girls and black girls and everything in between. Straight girls and gay girls."

Girls in soccer uniforms accompanied the team as ABC broadcaster Robin Roberts introduced each one at a ceremony at New York's City Hall.

Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio presented each team member with a symbolic key to the city.

He says the team "brought us together" and "showed us so much to make us hopeful."

Members of the team have filed a lawsuit demanding pay equity with the men's soccer team.

U.S. Soccer Federation President Carlos Cordeiro says female athletes "deserve fair and equitable pay."

Fans of the World Cup champion U.S. women's national soccer team chanted "Equal Pay!" as Cordeiro spoke at a celebration of the team at New York's City Hall.

Cordeiro said: "We hear you, we believe in you, and we're committed to doing right by you."