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How the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team Captured Our Hearts

7/16/2021 3:29:00 AM

How the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team Captured Our Hearts

Heading into the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, all eyes are once again on the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team as their fight for equal pay—and another medal— continues. LFG!

andthe 2020 Games while the woman went into both the most recent World Cup and these games as overwhelming favorites? To quote the USWNT's lawyerJeffrey KesslerLFG, "They do it better and get paid less."That pressure to perform, to prove their point, has only fueled the seemingly unstoppable team, who won the 2019 World Cup just three months after filing a gender discrimination lawsuit against their employer on International Women's Day.

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JUSTIN LANE/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock"I think we always know that the best thing we could do for soccer, for the lawsuit, for everything that we're fighting for, equality, is to win,"Kelly O'Harasaid in the documentary.And win they definitely do, with their most recent World Cup run winning over, well, the world and turning many of the players into legitimate celebrities, an unfortunate rarity in many female sports.

Rapinoe was named's Sportsperson of the Year in 2019, also landing a spot onGlamournamed one of the new faces of Victoria's Secretin the brand's massive overhaul. Morgan was the only non-tennis player to crack the Top 10 of Forbes' round-up of the highest paid female athletes in 2020, mostly due to her ever-expanding endorsement portfolio that the money magazine estimated to be "ten times as much as her roughly $400,000 on-field salary and bonus." And then there are married teammates

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