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Megan Rapinoe celebrating the second consecutive World Cup victory for the United States Megan Rapinoe celebrating the second consecutive World Cup victory for the United States
Cary Erickson | 10 July, 2019, 21:46

United States Women's National Team star Megan Rapinoe's name dominated headlines around the world during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, and not just because of her award-winning performance. She also kneeled while wearing a national team uniform, prompting U.S. Soccer to institute Policy 604-1 which mandates players "representing a Federation national team shall stand respectfully during the playing of national anthems at any event in which the Federation is represented".

Rapinoe also said that while "protest is not comfortable, ever" for those watching it, protesting has been uncomfortable for her as well: "It's gonna to force people to look inward and question. everything they thought they knew".

"I think that we need to have a reckoning with the message that you have and what you're saying about Make America Great Again. It might have been great for a few people and maybe America is great for a few people right now, but it's not great for enough Americans in this world", she said.

Rapinoe and the team have used the media attention from their victory as a platform to fight for equal pay.

Megan Rapinoe of the US celebrates winning the Women's World Cup with the Golden Boot and Golden Ball trophies.

Ocasio-Cortez made the offer of a visit before the tournament was even finished, saying she would welcome the USA team to the House of Representatives "anytime they'd like". "It's hard to compare eras - I think every sport has that - but I think we at least have a good argument".

"You're excluding people of color", the footballer said when asked what message she had for Trump.

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Looking straight into the camera in response to a question from CNN's Anderson Cooper, Rapinoe stated: "Your message is excluding people".

"If you're not down with equal pay at this point...you're so far out of reality and the conversation that we can't even go there", she told Maddow.

"I see it as a positive thing", Rapinoe told ESPN of her back-and-forth with Trump.

Trump added: "Megan should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team".

Then, she added, "We look forward to holding those feet to the fire".

"I think he's with us, I think he's on the right side of things. Finish the job! We haven't yet invited Megan or the team, but I am now inviting the TEAM, win or lose".

According to the Associated Press, Rapinoe - one of the team's co-captains - has accepted an invitation from Congress, including Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.