The United States women’s national soccer team has been slaughtering it on the field with record-breaking wins in the World Cup. But it’s also making ripples off the field.
Co-captain Megan Rapinoe has made headlines for her protests and political commentary as well as her personal style, and the collective team’s effort has only strengthened the lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation demanding equal pay to their male counterparts.
The team’s home jersey is also now Nike’s highest-selling soccer jersey ever.
“The USA Women’s home jersey is now the No. 1 soccer jersey, men’s or women’s, ever sold on Nike.com in one season,” CEO Mark Parker announced on the company’s earnings call on Thursday.
The US 2019 Woman Soccer Jersey is a white, slim-fit tee with Blue and Red stripes, short sleeves and three stars on the back to represent how many times the U.S. has won the world title.
Jersey is made from 100% recycled polyester fabric, half of which is sourced from plastic bottles, and blended with the brand’s Dri-FIT technology for a comfortable feel. It’s available in sizes XS till XL.
The USWNT will be in action on Tuesday in the semifinal of the World Cup against England at 3 p.m. EDT.
United Megan Rapinoe, the big moment
Rapinoe turned an uncertain match towards triumph on Friday night, scoring two goals in the much-awaited clash with host France to send the defending champion the United States into the semifinals of the Women’s World Cup with a 2-1 victory.
Rapinoe’s hair highlighted with pastel pink scored on a free kick in the fifth minute that got juggled between the French and past goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi. She did it again in the 65th minute after kicking a cross from Tobin Heath that Bouhaddi tried, but couldn’t stop. It was her fifth of the tournament.
“I feel like sports, in general, is still homophobic. In the sense that not a lot of people are out,” she told ‘Out magazine’ in 2012. She was speaking about her sexuality for the first time. “I feel everyone is really craving for people to come out. People want it. They need to see that there are people like me playing soccer for the good old US of America.”
Rapinoe is in a relationship with a basketball player Sue Bird. Who has been politically outspoken for some time now. She was very keen in supporting the NFL’s Colin Kaepernick. Also, Black Lives Matter movement in 2016 and has consistently spoken up for LGBT rights. She came out after the 2011 Women’s World Cup.
The US will be playing Against world no.3 England in the semifinals today.
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