Women's national soccer team parades through NYC's 'Canyon of Heroes'

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The US women's soccer team has now won four World Cups-four more than the men's team-and a Democratic senator is among those saying the women deserve to be paid at least as much as the men. Sen.

Ahead of Wednesday's ticker tape parade through New York City, Mayor Bill De Blasio said if he was elected president, he'd pass an executive order to make sure the Treasury Department shells out what the women are owed, and he'd enforce the Paycheck Fairness Act. A lawsuit was filed by five players in 2016, with another filed by all 28 members of the team in the months leading up to the 2019 World Cup.

Manchin said he was inspired by a letter from the head women's soccer coach at West Virginia University, Nikki Izzo-Brown, who said it was wrong for women players to be paid and valued less for their efforts.

"The clear unequitable pay between the U.S. men's and women's soccer teams is unacceptable and I'm glad the U.S. Women's Soccer Team latest victory is causing public outcry", Manchin said in a statement.

The team stormed to their fourth World Cup triumph with a 2-0 victory against the Netherlands last weekend and they have returned home to a heroine's welcome in the Big Apple, where city officials have arranged the parade for fans of the team to pay tribute to Megan Rapinoe and co.

The bill would withhold federal funds from efforts related to the United States' hosting of the 2026 World Cup until the U.S. Soccer Federation agrees to give its national women's and men's teams the same compensation.

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But whether federal funding will play a key role in the upcoming games is unclear.

"I received a letter from Coach Izzo-Brown highlighting her worries that women on the WVU Women's Soccer Team could one day make the US women's team and not get paid the same as the men's team".

After the final, the crowd at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Lyon chanted "equal pay" during the post-match celebration.

"The inequality of pay is unjust and this wage gap with the United States men's national team has to stop".

"It's gonna be liiiit", Rapinoe said, drawing out the word as she climbed aboard a float shortly before 9 a.m., with a Champagne flute in her hand. Also, the women's national team made revenue in 2016 where the men made a net loss.

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