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World Cup star Rapinoe accepts invite to Capitol

The Associated Press

U.S. women’s team captain Megan Rapinoe holds the Women’s World Cup trophy after arriving with teammates at Newark Liberty International Airport on Monday in Newark, N.J.

The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Megan Rapinoe has accepted an invitation for the U.S. women’s soccer team to celebrate its World Cup victory with a visit to Congress.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday he looks forward to scheduling a time when “these inspiring women can come to the nation’s capital.”

Schumer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others in Congress invited the team to visit. Rapinoe said Tuesday on CNN that she had accepted invitations from New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Pelosi and Schumer to go to Washington.

The team co-captain has said she’s not interested in celebrating at the White House. It’s unclear if the winning team would be invited by President Donald Trump to visit.

Earlier, the team arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport, where they were met with cheers and a banner saying “Congratulations Team USA!” More fans waited at their hotel in Manhattan, and the players are sure to be feted around the city all week, capped with a ticker-tape parade Wednesday up the Canyon of Heroes.

“I think everyone’s feeling just incredible right now,” said Alex Morgan, who swapped out her imaginary teacup for a gold bottle of bubbly on the flight.

Rapinoe converted a penalty kick in the second half and Rose Lavelle added a goal in the 2-0 victory over the Netherlands in the championship game, kicking off a party that carried over to the tarmac in Newark. Players gathered for a toast and posed for pictures as they sang “We Are The Champions.”

“We kind of went through stages,” Morgan said. “Initially everyone was excited, and then a little hungover, and then we slept a little bit, and then we got up and started just celebrating a little more.”

The team got shoutouts across social media — including from Trump and former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, two-time World Cup winner Mia Hamm, Stephen Curry, Snoop Dogg, Ellen DeGeneres and many more.

That was all news to players when they landed, since their flight back to the U.S. did not have Wi-Fi.

“Crazily enough in this day and age in 2019, we’ve been in the dark for nine straight hours,” Rapinoe said. “We’re sort of catching up on everything.”

Wednesday will mark New York’s first ticker-tape parade since the women’s team won the 2015 World Cup. Long Island’s Crystal Dunn was a late cut from the ’15 squad, and she’s “super excited” to parade through her own city.Speech

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