The United States retained the FIFA Women's World Cup title after they beat the Netherlands 2-0 in the final on Sunday.
It was the fourth World Cup crown for the United States, which became the first team to successfully defend the title in the quadrennial football gala, according to Xinhua news.
Megan Rapinoe's 61st minute penalty opened the scoring for the US while midfielder Rose Lavelle's searing individual effort doubled the lead in the 69th minute.
In other news, Megan Rapinoe has also made headlines for other reasons during this past year. During a video, she is seen saying that she wouldn’t got to the “F****** White House” if her team won in the World Cup. She is an openly lesbian athlete, who is an advocate for LGBTQ+ rights.
President Donald Trump tweeted in response to the video, “I am a big fan of the American Team, and Women’s Soccer, but Megan should WIN first before she TALKS! Finish the job!”
He further added, “Megan should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team. Be proud of the Flag that you wear. The USA is doing GREAT!”
She carried her team to the victory line on Sunday and President Trump congratulated the team on its win. Trump tweeted, “Congratulations to the U.S. Women's Soccer Team on winning the World Cup! Great and exciting play. America is proud of you all!”
Earlier this year in March, Twenty-eight members of the American women's national football team had filed a suit against the US Soccer Federation (USSF) for gender discrimination, marking a new phase in a dispute that goes back years.
The lawsuit, filed on Friday in the US District Court in Los Angeles, accuses the USSF of "institutionalised gender discrimination", reports Efe news.
Besides complaining that they are paid substantially less than their male counterparts, the women say USSF discriminates against them in terms of scheduling matches, the quality of physical training and coaching and in travel accommodations.
"A comparison of the WNT (Women's National Team) and MNT (Men's National Team) pay shows that if each team played 20 friendlies in a year and each team won all 20 friendlies, female WNT players would earn a maximum of $99,000 or $4,950 per game, while male MNT players would earn an average of $263,320 or $13,166 per game," the suit said.
The 28 plaintiffs include some of the biggest stars of international women's football, such as Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan. They are seeking several millions of dollars in damages, according to The New York Times.
The US squad is the most successful in international women's soccer, with three Women's World Cup titles, four Olympic gold medals, eight CONCACAF Gold Cups and 10 Algarve Cups.
Their counterparts on the US men's team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
"Each of us is extremely proud to wear the US jersey, and we also take seriously the responsibility that comes with that," Morgan said.
"We believe that fighting for gender equality in sports is a part of that responsibility."
The women's team are preparing to defend their title this summer at the 2019 Women's World Cup tournament in France
The filing of the lawsuit coincided with the observance of International Women's Day.
(With inputs from IANS and metro.co.uk)