This week we discuss the Women’s World Cup and in particular, Megan Rapinoe.
Megan Rapinoe led the US women’s national team to the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2019 but has divided fans.
Some love Megan Rapinoe for her outspoken personality and skills on the pitch but others think she is petulant and unsporting in her behaviour off the pitch.
Taking A Knee
Megan Rapinoe rose to prominence recently when she said she would not visit “the fucking White House” if her team won the world cup.
After the US team won the world cup, Rapinoe gave this speech.
Not to mention this little video below.
Megan Rapinoe standing on a parade float in Manhattan with a bottle of Veuve in one hand and the World Cup trophy in the other shouting “I DESERVE THIS.”
There will never be a bigger mood. pic.twitter.com/GjHMjGkgsS
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) July 10, 2019
Rapinoe was also involved in the U.S. women’s national soccer team pay discrimination claim along with Alex Morgan, Hope Solo, Carli Lloyd and Becky Sauerbrunn where they claimed that the men’s team receive a $5,000 bonus for a loss in a friendly match, whereas the women’s team receive nothing at all for a loss or a draw. When the male team wins a game, they can receive as much as $17,625 but women only receive $1,350.
The team have quite a lot of support and women’s football is more popular than ever. Will the newer supporters go to the league games and support the team between world cups though?
They also played a practice game or ‘scrimmage’ against FC Dallas under 15s boys team where they lost 5-2…but that was only a practice game. Had they won, they wouldn’t gloat about it like.
There was also this video which shows Rapinoe, disinterestedly sign a ball for a fan..
…But she signed the ball and the kid seemed happy so not much of a story.
Megan Rapinoe is still a polarising figure. But perhaps she is exactly what women’s football needs as she has us talking about it. This can only be good for women’s football.
Producer: Sean Dempsey