Opinion: Megan Rapinoe embodies all the swagger, fearlessness of the US World Cup team

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Women’s World Cup champions celebrate with NYC parade and their fans love every minute of it.
Josmar Taveras, USA TODAY

NEW YORK – Twenty years to the day after Brandi Chastain’s penalty kick won the 1999 Women’s World Cup, heralding an era of promise and opportunity for girls and women in sports, a new generation of U.S. women’s soccer players joyfully stormed Manhattan Wednesday morning, demanding so much more.

With ticker tape raining down upon them in the Canyon of Heroines, and with tens of thousands of their young disciples cheering them on, the U.S. women’s national team took over New York as it did the World Cup – with a swagger and fearlessness never before seen in so many young American women.

If one person could embody it all, it was U.S. co-captain Megan Rapinoe, who battled the President of the United States even as she became the unparalleled star of the World Cup. Her boundless energy came across the Atlantic with her and was on display for all to see from the cable talk shows to the steps of New York’s City Hall.

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