But the parade in New York's financial district was more than a tribute to a championship team, which has been involved in a well-publicized fight for equal pay with the US men's national team. "By signing this legislation, we are not only doing the right thing, we are also doing the moral thing".
And yet, despite a lackluster record, the US men are paid significantly more than the women. Governor Andrew Cuomo, who was in the parade with the all-stars, actually did something about pay equality during the festivities.
After all 28 members of the team received keys to the city, Rapinoe acknowledged the tension and defended Cordeiro during a speech of her own.
Girls in soccer uniforms accompanied the team as ABC broadcaster Robin Roberts introduced each one at a ceremony at New York's City Hall. "I think that the USSF has consistently used the women as a way to propel the men's team into visibility - financial visibility, spectatorship visibility", she says. The team was the first female athletes to be honored with a ticker tape parade at the time. Fellow co-captain Megan Rapinoe took full advantage of this unexpected opportunity and scored a seemingly effortless goal. Yet as Team USA itself and many others have pointed out, the world's best female soccer players are not paid almost as much as their male equivalents in soccer or any other major sport. "It's long overdue", he said. "It's time to make a change".
Former US President Barack Obama has tweeted his congratulations to the US women's football team after their 2-0 triumph against the Netherlands at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France. Each parade is marked with a granite strip along the parade route. Nike says the US women's soccer jersey is the top-selling soccer jersey, men's or women's, ever to be sold on Nike.com in one season.
In a court filing in response to the lawsuit, U.S. Soccer argued that the difference in pay between the men and women players is "based on differences in aggregate revenue generated by the different teams and/or any other factor other than sex".
"There is no rationale why women should not get paid what men get paid", Cuomo said, per WPIX.
Team USA was bathed in tons of confetti as they celebrated their historic World Cup victory with a ticker tape parade in New York City.
Aly Hoover, 12, of Glen Ridge, New Jersey, stood at the sidelines with a poster of the face of Alex Morgan, another team star.
Colorful confetti is already drifting down from office buildings as the parade gets ready to start. Additionally, Jill Ellis, named 2015 FIFA World Coach of the Year, is also the first women's coach to win two World Cup titles.
"This group is so resilient, is so tough, has such a sense of humour, is just so badass", Rapinoe told the crowd at City Hall.