NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Roaring crowds of enthusiastic fans are expected to pack Lower Manhattan Wednesday to celebrate the World Cup champion U.S. Women’s National Team.
The city is busy preparing for a ticker-tape parade and so are local businesses, CBS2’s Christina Fan reported.
You’ll be able to hear the cheering and the screaming across Lower Manhattan Wednesday. The U.S. woman will be passing through the Canyon of Heroes. The barricades were already up Monday, and the prep work for the ticker-tape the parade gets its name from has begun. The sidewalk along Broadway is decorated with names of the United States’ greatest athletes. On Wednesday, fans will gather to celebrate the American women capturing their record fourth World Cup championship with Sunday’s 2-0 win over The Netherlands.
The team returned to the United States on Monday afternoon. They were greeted by fans at Newark Liberty International Airport, posing for photos on a red carpet.
“Every World Cup, it’s, you just get so into it. It’s so exciting to see not just the playing, but, like, the girl’s personalities and get to know each new player and it’s great,” Washington Heights resident Mel Perry said.
The team has surpassed the sports world to become feminist icons, empowering generations of women.
“It was really cool to see somebody who I looked up to a lot be right in front of me and see what they actually look like,” 12-year-old Shannon Gallagher said.
“It’s just like the right moment. It’s like the perfect moment for that win. The world needed that,” fan Alison Cline said.
“They deserve it. They deserve us celebrating them,” Perry said.
“We feel like we’ve been in kind of a little bit of a bubble over in France, so now we get to feel just the magnitude of the impact we’ve had here,” forward Alex Morgan said.
Another crowd was waiting outside their hotel to welcome them home.
“It’s so nice to be home. Thank you France for the hospitality, but wow, we are very excited to be back in America,” forward Megan Rapinoe said.
“I am such a proud New Yorker. It’s in my blood. It’s everywhere I go. It’s such a special place, and obviously for this to be our first stop back here when we get back to the States, it’s incredible,” defender Crystal Dunn said.
Dunn, 27, is from Long Island and learned how to play soccer in Rockville Centre.
“This starts, like, an amazing three days of getting to just release all that emotional, physical exhaustion that we’ve had over the last 30 days and just be able to celebrate and make sure that everything is worth it,” Morgan said. “Now we just get to enjoy each other’s company and just have fun.”
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