They talked the talk ... and definitely walked the walk. Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and the rest of the U.S. Women's National Team put on a dominant performance in the Women's World Cup on their way to taking home their second consecutive title and fourth overall with a 2-0 victory against the Netherlands.
After the full-time whistle on Sunday in France, the festivities started pretty much immediately. From locker room celebrations to plane rides and interviews to, um, some killer dance moves, we take a look at a whirlwind few days for the players as they made their way from Wednesday's parade in New York to The ESPYS in Los Angeles.
Sunday: The postmatch celebration in Lyon begins
Ski masks, champagne ... and more champagne.
I love these ladies. You're only as strong as the people next to you and these ones were rock solid. pic.twitter.com/B4Bv4QNu4M— Becky Sauerbrunn (@beckysauerbrunn) July 7, 2019
when the presser holds you back...— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) July 7, 2019
so you're welcomed in style. pic.twitter.com/8w9rioUxCd
my brain: don't say it...⁰me: IT'S A PARTY IN THE USA! 🍾 pic.twitter.com/XxuXWo3vz5— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) July 7, 2019
WE GOT FOUR ⭐️ ON OUR SHIRT pic.twitter.com/wW84okDO0h— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) July 7, 2019
Monday: 'It's been real, France'
Sleep? The USWNT likely didn't get much. Not that it mattered. The players were ready to bring the party to the United States:
Brought you back a little something.— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) July 8, 2019
🏆 World Champs,baby! pic.twitter.com/iUonZWgv1q
Monday/Tuesday: USWNT takes over Big Apple, Part I
Upon arriving in New York, the USWNT made several TV appearances, including "Good Morning America" and Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan joining ESPN's Jeremy Schaap on set. But not before enjoying the good life of the champions they are, including a night at Nobu, sunset on a yacht, daytime by the rooftop pool -- you know, the usual.
Can take the girl out of France, but can't take the French pastries away from the girl. pic.twitter.com/PNe2Dkucix— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) July 9, 2019
Wednesday morning: USWNT takes over Big Apple, Part II
The USWNT was joined by family, friends, politicians and the mayor for its ticker-tape parade in New York:
Rapinoe: It's time to come together
Megan Rapinoe uses the platform of the USWNT's World Cup winning celebrations to call for unity and less contention in society.
Victorious USWNT parades through New York
Members of the United States women's soccer team celebrated winning the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup with a parade through the streets of New York.
GONNA BE LIT 🔥 pic.twitter.com/AvN1ORI7uX— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) July 10, 2019
Wednesday evening: East Coast, West Coast
After the ticker-tape parade in New York, the team made the cross-country trip from Newark, New Jersey, to Los Angeles to attend The ESPYS at Microsoft Theater.
West Coast We Out Here. 🌴 pic.twitter.com/SIs7ENvZ3b— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) July 10, 2019
After planes (not trains) and automobiles, the players made their way into the Microsoft Theater ... and it didn't take long for one of them to get an award, as Alex Morgan took home Best Female Athlete honors.
Morgan's reaction: "Sorry, but this is probably the second-best trophy we won this week."
Academy Award-winning actress Sandra Bullock presented the last award of the ESPYS: Best Team. Bullock opened the envelope to announce the winner, with the intro, "All those in favor of equal pay, say aye," before revealing that the USWNT won the award.
From a parade in NYC to the ESPYS in LA, it's been a whirlwind day for the USWNT 👏 pic.twitter.com/z3voFFnZ7o— ESPN (@espn) July 11, 2019