The U.S. women’s soccer team won the World Cup on Sunday, but in the process continued its trend of creating controversy.
Minutes after the 2-0 game ended in Lyon, France, U.S. midfielder Allie Long was holding an American flag when forward Megan Rapinoe urged her to join in on a choreographed celebration for the cameras. . .
— Poetic Spaniard (@PoeticSpaniard) July 7, 2019
U.S. player Kelley O’Hara, who was forced to the sidelines after a hard collision left her with concussion-like symptoms, quickly jumped in to pick up the flag. . .
Drop the flag for some self glory. Perfectly sums them up
— bluefan25 (@obijohntaynobi) July 8, 2019
I think it’s GREAT the woman’s soccer team won but don’t disrespect the American Flag by dragging it on the ground and dropping it just to take a picture. WAY too many damn men and women died to protect what that flag stands for.
— Matthew Foster (@trainthrivept) July 8, 2019
Hi @ALLIE_LONG we all want to celebrate this awesome victory with you but when players disrespect our flag, you make it impossible for the vast majority of the country. cc: @ussoccer @USWNT https://t.co/Uj6sTvZWgQ
— Ryan Petty (@rpetty) July 7, 2019
It wasn’t an accident. It was clearly a continuing of the disrespect for our flag and our country.
— Taking Back Our Country❌ (@mcleodmaga) July 8, 2019
The U.S. team has been mired in controversy since the beginning of the World Cup. After scoring the second goal in the World Cup for a 2-1 win over England last Tuesday, player Alex Morgan celebrated by pretending to drink a cup of tea, hoisting a pinkie in the air. (Read more from “U.S. Women’s Soccer Player Drops American Flag on Ground to Mug for Cameras” HERE)