U.S. women invited to Capitol to celebrate title
WASHINGTON -- The World Cup-champion U.S. women's soccer team is being invited to the Capitol, Congress' top Democrats said Monday.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrote to colleagues Monday that "by popular demand on both sides of the aisle," she has invited the players to the Capitol "to celebrate their inspiring victory." Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said he, too, has invited them, as he lauded them on the Senate floor for their "sustained level of excellence."
On Tuesday, Schumer tweeted he's heard that Megan Rapinoe has accepted his invitation.
I heard Megan Rapinoe @mPinoe-one of the #USWNT's co-captains and stars of the tournament-has accepted my invitation to come to the Senate to celebrate their World Cup victory.— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) July 9, 2019
I'm looking forward to scheduling a time when these inspiring women can come to the nation's capital. pic.twitter.com/Ne0cziZQdm
There was no immediate indication of when, or if, a visit might occur, as Rapinoe and the USWNT have yet to make an official response to the invitation. Alex Morgan, who scored six goals in the tournament, on Monday said the players hadn't discussed it.
"Of course, it would be great to do something as a team together like that, but we haven't even had time to talk about that," she told reporters in New York.
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., also praised the team's "grit and teamwork and talent."
The U.S. team has captured the past two World Cups and has won four total, more than any other country.
Many players have been leading advocates of gender equity. Rapinoe has said she would not visit the White House if invited by President Donald Trump.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.