When asked what would help ensure the growth of the game after an immensly popular World Cup, Rapinoe broke into song, literally.
But in the 58th minute, the golden opportunity finally came.
As Golden Ball victor Megan Rapinoe embraced U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro after the American team beat the Netherlands to win its fourth World Cup title, the chant from the stands was a reminder that U.S. players had more than a trophy riding on success in France.
Stay right here for all the action from Stade de Lyon. It was criticized for overt and somewhat tasteless displays of poor sportsmanship following goals, including Alex Morgan's infamous tea sipping after a score against England.
Rapinoe, who has scored five goals including four in the knockout stage of France 2019, pointed out that this kind of support isn't almost good enough, especially since the gap between the men's and women's prize money continues to grow. US keeper Alyssa Naeher was also tested early, making a big save in the 26'. O'hara was replaced by Ali Krieger in the second half. They've won three already, including the 2015 edition in Canada where they rolled to a convincing 5-2 victory over Japan in the finals.
A foul was committed on Alex Morgan in the box and after a VAR review and an official review, the US was awarded a penalty kick.
It has been the summer of Megan Rapinoe. Rapinoe has five, including four in the knockout round, but didn't play against England because of a minor hamstring issue. Dutch standout Lieke Martens was also back from injury.
Lavelle, at 24 the team's up-and-coming star, added her third goal of the tournament on an 18-foot left-footed shot in the 69th minute after a solo run up the center of the field.
"We're insane, that's what makes it special", Rapinoe said. She had an opportunity to put one past US goalie Alyssa Naeher who came out of her box to challenge her. Naeher won the challenge and kicked the ball away from Beerensteyn. The match will be broadcast live on Fox and Telemundo at 11 a.m. They played that way.
"They´re European champions, that´s a very hard thing to do, that takes a certain level of discipline and mental strength", said Rapinoe.
Shutouts pitched by the United States in its seven games.
However, Wiegman has no qualms with the fact that her team are not fancied to prevail.
Absolutely loving it! Can't get enough of America winning! "We are making progress".
Fans, many dressed in red, white and blue, chanted 'Equal Pay!' at the final whistle, a reminder that players sued the US Soccer Federation in March claiming gender discrimination. "In every way", she said during the pre-final news conference.
But one thing is certain about this team and its players: they are record breakers.
Winners of the European Championship on home soil two years ago, Netherlands are one victory away from lifting back-to-to-back titles despite only appearing at a major tournament for the first time a decade ago.