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By Kevin Clark, Crisis Magazine, July 12, 2019
As expected, the U.S. Women’s National Team won the Women’s World Cup. As also expected, members of the women’s team, led by chief spokeswoman Megan Rapinoe, were known as much for their politics as for their play. Rapinoe got it going with her comment that she wasn’t going to visit the “f–ing” White House if she was invited, which was seconded and thirded by players Alex Morgan and Ali Krieger. Rapinoe, who is openly gay, has also refused to sing the national anthem. Then there is the claim that the women’s team is paid less than the men’s team. It turns out, however, that the female players earn more than their male counterparts based on the percentage of overall league profits they receive in wages.
It’s not the first time in recent weeks that women’s soccer has been a focal point for politics rather than sport. Toward the end of June, the Vatican Women’s Soccer Team traveled to Austria to play an “international friendly.” Before the game, some of the Austrian team’s player took the opportunity to display pro-abortion slogans obviously meant as a confrontational act toward the Vatican team. The Vatican team promptly canceled the game.