(CNN)It has been impossible to ignore the US Women’s National Team in this World Cup, but so too impossible not to admire them.

When many teams would have soaked up the adulation and reveled in winning the biggest prize in women’s football, the USWNT regarded the aftermath of victory as the perfect platform to drive their fight for equality further forward. Almost immediately after beating the Netherlands 2-0 in the Women’s World Cup final in Lyon, the players issued a statement which brought their battle for equal pay with the US Soccer Federation to the forefront of the conversation once again. “At this moment of tremendous pride for America, the sad equation remains all too clear, and Americans won’t stand for it anymore. These athletes generate more revenue and garner higher TV ratings but get paid less simply because they are women,” said Molly Levinson, spokeswoman for the USWNT players in their equal pay lawsuit.”It is time for the Federation to correct this disparity once and for all.”Read MoreIt was an act which arguably emphasized that that not only was this World Cup win a victory for the US, but for everyone striving for equality and social justice too. The Netherlands, of course, will perhaps think differently as they lick their wounds.US captain Megan Rapinoe lifts the World Cup trophy after the Americans defeated the Netherlands 2-0 on Sunday, July 7.US captain Megan Rapinoe lifts the World Cup trophy after the Americans defeated the Netherlands 2-0 on Sunday, July 7. Photos: In pictures: US women win World Cup titleUS captain Megan Rapinoe lifts the World Cup trophy after the Americans defeated the Netherlands 2-0 on Sunday, July 7.Hide Caption 1 of 26Allie Long, left, and Alex Morgan celebrate in the postgame confetti.Allie Long, left, and Alex Morgan celebrate in the postgame confetti. Photos: In pictures: US women win World Cup titleAllie Long, left, and Alex Morgan celebrate in the postgame confetti.Hide Caption 2 of 26US players, wearing new "Champions 19" jerseys, celebrate with family and friends in the crowd.US players, wearing new "Champions 19" jerseys, celebrate with family and friends in the crowd. Photos: In pictures: US women win World Cup titleUS players, wearing new “Champions 19” jerseys, celebrate with family and friends in the crowd.Hide Caption 3 of 26US players celebrate after the final whistle.US players celebrate after the final whistle. Photos: In pictures: US women win World Cup titleUS players celebrate after the final whistle.Hide Caption 4 of 26Morgan savors the victory after the final whistle.Morgan savors the victory after the final whistle. Photos: In pictures: US women win World Cup titleMorgan savors the victory after the final whistle.Hide Caption 5 of 26Dutch players fall to the ground as the Americans celebrate their victory.Dutch players fall to the ground as the Americans celebrate their victory. Photos: In pictures: US women win World Cup titleDutch players fall to the ground as the Americans celebrate their victory.Hide Caption 6 of 26US players celebrate after Rapinoe scored the opening goal off a penalty in the 61st minute.US players celebrate after Rapinoe scored the opening goal off a penalty in the 61st minute. Photos: In pictures: US women win World Cup titleUS players celebrate after Rapinoe scored the opening goal off a penalty in the 61st minute.Hide Caption 7 of 26Rapinoe slots home her penalty past Sari van Veenendaal.Rapinoe slots home her penalty past Sari van Veenendaal. Photos: In pictures: US women win World Cup titleRapinoe slots home her penalty past Sari van Veenendaal.Hide Caption 8 of 26Morgan is fouled by Dutch defender Stefanie Van der Gragt in the second half. After the incident was reviewed by video, the referee awarded the penalty that Rapinoe converted.Morgan is fouled by Dutch defender Stefanie Van der Gragt in the second half. After the incident was reviewed by video, the referee awarded the penalty that Rapinoe converted. Photos: In pictures: US women win World Cup titleMorgan is fouled by Dutch defender Stefanie Van der Gragt in the second half. After the incident was reviewed by video, the referee awarded the penalty that Rapinoe converted.Hide Caption 9 of 26Rose Lavelle, third from left, scored the game's second goal in the 69th minute.Rose Lavelle, third from left, scored the game's second goal in the 69th minute. Photos: In pictures: US women win World Cup titleRose Lavelle, third from left, scored the game’s second goal in the 69th minute.Hide Caption 10 of 26Dutch fans watch the match from inside the stadium.Dutch fans watch the match from inside the stadium. Photos: In pictures: US women win World Cup titleDutch fans watch the match from inside the stadium.Hide Caption 11 of 26American midfielder Samantha Mewis, right, and Dutch midfielder Danielle van de Donk compete for a header in the early minutes of the final.American midfielder Samantha Mewis, right, and Dutch midfielder Danielle van de Donk compete for a header in the early minutes of the final. Photos: In pictures: US women win World Cup titleAmerican midfielder Samantha Mewis, right, and Dutch midfielder Danielle van de Donk compete for a header in the early minutes of the final.Hide Caption 12 of 26Rapinoe is challenged by Van de Donk in the first half.Rapinoe is challenged by Van de Donk in the first half. Photos: In pictures: US women win World Cup titleRapinoe is challenged by Van de Donk in the first half.Hide Caption 13 of 26The Netherlands' Lieke Martens and the US' Kelley O'Hara lie on the field after a collision late in the first half. O'Hara had to be substituted at halftime.The Netherlands' Lieke Martens and the US' Kelley O'Hara lie on the field after a collision late in the first half. O'Hara had to be substituted at halftime. Photos: In pictures: US women win World Cup titleThe Netherlands’ Lieke Martens and the US’ Kelley O’Hara lie on the field after a collision late in the first half. O’Hara had to be substituted at halftime.Hide Caption 14 of 26US head coach Jill Ellis watches the action from the sideline. She also coached the Americans to the World Cup title in 2015.US head coach Jill Ellis watches the action from the sideline. She also coached the Americans to the World Cup title in 2015. Photos: In pictures: US women win World Cup titleUS head coach Jill Ellis watches the action from the sideline. She also coached the Americans to the World Cup title in 2015.Hide Caption 15 of 26Rapinoe connects on a header.Rapinoe connects on a header. Photos: In pictures: US women win World Cup titleRapinoe connects on a header.Hide Caption 16 of 26US defender Abby Dahlkemper battles Lineth Beerensteyn for the ball.US defender Abby Dahlkemper battles Lineth Beerensteyn for the ball. Photos: In pictures: US women win World Cup titleUS defender Abby Dahlkemper battles Lineth Beerensteyn for the ball.Hide Caption 17 of 26Players eye a ball in the US penalty box.Players eye a ball in the US penalty box. Photos: In pictures: US women win World Cup titlePlayers eye a ball in the US penalty box.Hide Caption 18 of 26Morgan is closed down by van der Gragt.Morgan is closed down by van der Gragt. Photos: In pictures: US women win World Cup titleMorgan is closed down by van der Gragt.Hide Caption 19 of 26US goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, left, clears the ball before Beerensteyn could get to it in the first half.US goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, left, clears the ball before Beerensteyn could get to it in the first half. Photos: In pictures: US women win World Cup titleUS goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, left, clears the ball before Beerensteyn could get to it in the first half.Hide Caption 20 of 26Referee Stephanie Frappart shows an early yellow card.Referee Stephanie Frappart shows an early yellow card. Photos: In pictures: US women win World Cup titleReferee Stephanie Frappart shows an early yellow card.Hide Caption 21 of 26US defender Crystal Dunn plays a ball in the first half.US defender Crystal Dunn plays a ball in the first half. Photos: In pictures: US women win World Cup titleUS defender Crystal Dunn plays a ball in the first half.Hide Caption 22 of 26Dutch King Willem-Alexander, far left, and French President Emmanuel Macron, far right, are attending the match.Dutch King Willem-Alexander, far left, and French President Emmanuel Macron, far right, are attending the match. Photos: In pictures: US women win World Cup titleDutch King Willem-Alexander, far left, and French President Emmanuel Macron, far right, are attending the match.Hide Caption 23 of 26The teams stand for their national anthems before the match.The teams stand for their national anthems before the match. Photos: In pictures: US women win World Cup titleThe teams stand for their national anthems before the match.Hide Caption 24 of 26US fans get ready for the match at the stadium.US fans get ready for the match at the stadium. Photos: In pictures: US women win World Cup titleUS fans get ready for the match at the stadium.Hide Caption 25 of 26Dutch fans cheer during the pregame warmups.Dutch fans cheer during the pregame warmups. Photos: In pictures: US women win World Cup titleDutch fans cheer during the pregame warmups.Hide Caption 26 of 2631 world cup final36 world cup final RESTRICTED35 world cup final RESTRICTED27 world cup final32 world cup final26 world cup final20 world cup final34 world cup final RESTRICTED21 world cup final23 world cup final29 world cup final05 world cup final15 world cup final16 world cup final33 world cup final RESTRICTED07 world cup final14 world cup final18 world cup final17 world cup final11 world cup final08 world cup final06 world cup final04 world cup final10 world cup final02 world cup final01 world cup finalReport: USWNT wins Women’s World CupREAD: ‘I’m down with’ booing of FIFA, says RapinoeDominant team and leading voiceIf the USWNT is the dominant team in the women’s game — a ruthless accumulator of World Cup titles like no other in the competition’s history — it is also its leading voice.Becoming world champion for the second successive time in a tournament FIFA president Gianni Infantino has described as the “best Women’s World Cup ever” will increase the influence of a confident group of players who, despite all their achievements, is still fighting for recompense.It was not by accident that it was on International Women’s Day that the squad announced they were taking legal action against their own federation over alleged “institutional gender discrimination.”Alex Morgan and Allie Long of the USA celebrate following victory in the Women's World Cup final.Alex Morgan and Allie Long of the USA celebrate following victory in the Women's World Cup final.Alex Morgan and Allie Long of the USA celebrate following victory in the Women’s World Cup final.There will be mediation, it has been reported, after this tournament but the statement issued on the final whistle in Lyon shows how determined the players are to achieve their aims.The sound of the thousands of USWNT supporters, in France in numbers over the last month, repeatedly bellowing “equal pay” when their team had just won also suggests the players have plenty of backing.When Infantino appeared on the pitch at the Groupama Stadium, a chorus of boos rippled around the arena as the majority of the 57,900 spectators made their feelings known about the football administrator.READ: ‘We’re crazy, that’s what makes us special,’ says US starREAD: Social media becomes ode to Rose Lavelle‘Champions for equality’On the pitch this team is clinical. It has swagger and belief. It has been accused of arrogance. But these athletes are willing to fight for social justice just as fiercely as they do to win matches.Tweeting before the team’s savage 13-0 win over Thailand, former US President Barack Obama described the USWNT as “champions for equality, on and off the field.”Megan Rapinoe, the US captain who has previously called herself as a “walking protest,” told CNN earlier this year that the team is happy to “clear the path as much as we can” for female footballers in other countries in the fight for gender equality.Megan Rapinoe poses with the Golden Ball next to Rose Lavelle with the Bronze Ball.Megan Rapinoe poses with the Golden Ball next to Rose Lavelle with the Bronze Ball.Megan Rapinoe poses with the Golden Ball next to Rose Lavelle with the Bronze Ball.Facing a room full of reporters Sunday, Rapinoe — a player described by her coach Jill Ellis as the kind of spokesperson that the game needs — again not only spoke for herself and her teammates, but for all footballers who had competed in France these last few weeks. “I think everyone is ready for this conversation to move to the next step,” she said when asked about her reaction to the crowd’s booing. “I think we’re done with ‘are we worth it, should we have equal pay, is the market the same, yadda, yadda.’ Fans are done with that, players are done with that. In a lot of ways, I think sponsors and everyone’s done with that.”Let’s get to the next point — how do we support women’s federations and women’s programs around the world? What can FIFA do, what can we do to support the leagues around the world? “We put on as all players, every player at this World Cup, put on the most incredible show that you can ever ask for and we can’t do anything more to impress more, to be better ambassadors, to take on more, to play better.”It’s time to move that conversation forward to the next step and a little public shame never hurt anybody, right. I’m down with the boos.”Rapinoe celebrates after scoring the USWNT's first goal in the World Cup final win over the Netherlands.Rapinoe celebrates after scoring the USWNT's first goal in the World Cup final win over the Netherlands.Rapinoe celebrates after scoring the USWNT’s first goal in the World Cup final win over the Netherlands.READ: USWNT captain, World Cup winner and social activistREAD: US Soccer’s record-breaking head coach A lasting change?Rapinoe was one of five players whose names were on a lawsuit filed against US soccer’s governing body in 2016 alleging wage discrimination, which led to a new collective bargaining agreement.It was a fight that inspired other sportswomen: Canada’s soccer team reportedly sought advice on how to get maternity coverage into contracts, and the US hockey team asked the USWNT for help.Around the world, women’s teams found their voices after the USWNT had stepped forward. Nigeria’s soccer players held a sit-in at their hotel to demand unpaid salaries, Ireland’s female footballers threatened to strike, Australia did so, and Norway signed an equal pay agreement in 2017.US players celebrate after winning the World Cup final on Sunday, July 7.US players celebrate after winning the World Cup final on Sunday, July 7. Photos: The US women just won another World Cup. Here's how they did itUS players celebrate after winning the World Cup final on Sunday, July 7.Hide Caption 1 of 27US captain Megan Rapinoe, right, celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal of the final. She converted a penalty in the 61st minute.US captain Megan Rapinoe, right, celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal of the final. She converted a penalty in the 61st minute. Photos: The US women just won another World Cup. Here's how they did itUS captain Megan Rapinoe, right, celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal of the final. She converted a penalty in the 61st minute.Hide Caption 2 of 27The penalty was awarded after a video review of this incident. US forward Alex Morgan was fouled in the box by Dutch defender Stefanie van der Gragt.The penalty was awarded after a video review of this incident. US forward Alex Morgan was fouled in the box by Dutch defender Stefanie van der Gragt. Photos: The US women just won another World Cup. Here's how they did itThe penalty was awarded after a video review of this incident. US forward Alex Morgan was fouled in the box by Dutch defender Stefanie van der Gragt.Hide Caption 3 of 27Rose Lavelle, third from left, celebrates after adding the team's second goal in the 69th minute.Rose Lavelle, third from left, celebrates after adding the team's second goal in the 69th minute. Photos: The US women just won another World Cup. Here's how they did itRose Lavelle, third from left, celebrates after adding the team’s second goal in the 69th minute.Hide Caption 4 of 27Morgan celebrates her tournament-leading sixth goal in the 2-1 semifinal win against England on Tuesday, July 2. Rapinoe and England's Ellen White later tied her.Morgan celebrates her tournament-leading sixth goal in the 2-1 semifinal win against England on Tuesday, July 2. Rapinoe and England's Ellen White later tied her. Photos: The US women just won another World Cup. Here's how they did itMorgan celebrates her tournament-leading sixth goal in the 2-1 semifinal win against England on Tuesday, July 2. Rapinoe and England’s Ellen White later tied her.Hide Caption 5 of 27US goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/02/us/alyssa-naeher-uswnt-trnd/index.html" target="_blank">saves a penalty</a> by England's Steph Houghton late in the semifinal. The goal preserved the Americans' 2-1 lead.US goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/02/us/alyssa-naeher-uswnt-trnd/index.html" target="_blank">saves a penalty</a> by England's Steph Houghton late in the semifinal. The goal preserved the Americans' 2-1 lead. Photos: The US women just won another World Cup. Here's how they did itUS goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher saves a penalty by England’s Steph Houghton late in the semifinal. The goal preserved the Americans’ 2-1 lead.Hide Caption 6 of 27Morgan made headlines with her <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/03/football/alex-morgan-celebration-womens-world-cup-spt-intl/index.html" target="_blank">tea-drinking goal celebration</a> against England. The goal came on what was her 30th birthday.Morgan made headlines with her <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/03/football/alex-morgan-celebration-womens-world-cup-spt-intl/index.html" target="_blank">tea-drinking goal celebration</a> against England. The goal came on what was her 30th birthday. Photos: The US women just won another World Cup. Here's how they did itMorgan made headlines with her tea-drinking goal celebration against England. The goal came on what was her 30th birthday.Hide Caption 7 of 27<a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/02/sport/megan-rapinoe-not-starting-trnd/index.html" target="_blank">Many fans were perplexed</a> when Rapinoe was left out of the starting lineup of the England match. She didn't participate in warmups, either. It was announced after the match that she was nursing a slight hamstring strain. She was back in the lineup for the final.<a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/02/sport/megan-rapinoe-not-starting-trnd/index.html" target="_blank">Many fans were perplexed</a> when Rapinoe was left out of the starting lineup of the England match. She didn't participate in warmups, either. It was announced after the match that she was nursing a slight hamstring strain. She was back in the lineup for the final. Photos: The US women just won another World Cup. Here's how they did itMany fans were perplexed when Rapinoe was left out of the starting lineup of the England match. She didn’t participate in warmups, either. It was announced after the match that she was nursing a slight hamstring strain. She was back in the lineup for the final.Hide Caption 8 of 27Christen Press, left, celebrates her opening goal against England with Lindsey Horan. Press was the surprise starter in place of Rapinoe.Christen Press, left, celebrates her opening goal against England with Lindsey Horan. Press was the surprise starter in place of Rapinoe. Photos: The US women just won another World Cup. Here's how they did itChristen Press, left, celebrates her opening goal against England with Lindsey Horan. Press was the surprise starter in place of Rapinoe.Hide Caption 9 of 27Rapinoe celebrates one of her two goals in the 2-1 victory over France in the quarterfinals. After being embroiled in a <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/03/football/megan-rapinoe-message-uswnt-spt-intl/index.html" target="_blank">war of words with US President Donald Trump,</a> Rapinoe became the focus of unprecedented scrutiny during this World Cup.Rapinoe celebrates one of her two goals in the 2-1 victory over France in the quarterfinals. After being embroiled in a <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/03/football/megan-rapinoe-message-uswnt-spt-intl/index.html" target="_blank">war of words with US President Donald Trump,</a> Rapinoe became the focus of unprecedented scrutiny during this World Cup. Photos: The US women just won another World Cup. Here's how they did itRapinoe celebrates one of her two goals in the 2-1 victory over France in the quarterfinals. After being embroiled in a war of words with US President Donald Trump, Rapinoe became the focus of unprecedented scrutiny during this World Cup.Hide Caption 10 of 27US defender Abby Dahlkemper, left, and France's Valerie Gauvin battle for a header. Many experts considered France to be the Americans' biggest challenger in this tournament.US defender Abby Dahlkemper, left, and France's Valerie Gauvin battle for a header. Many experts considered France to be the Americans' biggest challenger in this tournament. Photos: The US women just won another World Cup. Here's how they did itUS defender Abby Dahlkemper, left, and France’s Valerie Gauvin battle for a header. Many experts considered France to be the Americans’ biggest challenger in this tournament.Hide Caption 11 of 27Morgan is challenged by French players Amandine Henry, left, and Amel Majri.Morgan is challenged by French players Amandine Henry, left, and Amel Majri. Photos: The US women just won another World Cup. Here's how they did itMorgan is challenged by French players Amandine Henry, left, and Amel Majri.Hide Caption 12 of 27The US team huddles before the second half of the France match.The US team huddles before the second half of the France match. Photos: The US women just won another World Cup. Here's how they did itThe US team huddles before the second half of the France match.Hide Caption 13 of 27US forward Jessica McDonald holds her son, Jeremiah, after the France win.US forward Jessica McDonald holds her son, Jeremiah, after the France win. Photos: The US women just won another World Cup. Here's how they did itUS forward Jessica McDonald holds her son, Jeremiah, after the France win.Hide Caption 14 of 27Rapinoe slots home a goal from the penalty spot during <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/24/football/usa-spain-womens-world-cup-last-16-spt-intl/index.html" target="_blank">the Americans' 2-1 victory over Spain</a> in the round of 16. Rapinoe again had both goals. Both were off penalties.Rapinoe slots home a goal from the penalty spot during <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/24/football/usa-spain-womens-world-cup-last-16-spt-intl/index.html" target="_blank">the Americans' 2-1 victory over Spain</a> in the round of 16. Rapinoe again had both goals. Both were off penalties. Photos: The US women just won another World Cup. Here's how they did itRapinoe slots home a goal from the penalty spot during the Americans’ 2-1 victory over Spain in the round of 16. Rapinoe again had both goals. Both were off penalties.Hide Caption 15 of 27Spanish forward Jennifer Hermoso and US defender Kelley O'Hara compete for a header.Spanish forward Jennifer Hermoso and US defender Kelley O'Hara compete for a header. Photos: The US women just won another World Cup. Here's how they did itSpanish forward Jennifer Hermoso and US defender Kelley O’Hara compete for a header.Hide Caption 16 of 27US midfielder Julie Ertz gets a kiss from her husband, NFL star Zach Ertz, after <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/20/football/uswnt-sweden-womens-world-cup-spt-int/index.html" target="_blank">the Americans defeated Sweden 2-0</a> in the final match of the group stage.US midfielder Julie Ertz gets a kiss from her husband, NFL star Zach Ertz, after <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/20/football/uswnt-sweden-womens-world-cup-spt-int/index.html" target="_blank">the Americans defeated Sweden 2-0</a> in the final match of the group stage. Photos: The US women just won another World Cup. Here's how they did itUS midfielder Julie Ertz gets a kiss from her husband, NFL star Zach Ertz, after the Americans defeated Sweden 2-0 in the final match of the group stage.Hide Caption 17 of 27Horan, right, scored the opening goal against Sweden in the third minute. At left is US midfielder Rose Lavelle. The Americans didn't allow a goal in their three group matches, winning them by a combined score of 18-0.Horan, right, scored the opening goal against Sweden in the third minute. At left is US midfielder Rose Lavelle. The Americans didn't allow a goal in their three group matches, winning them by a combined score of 18-0. Photos: The US women just won another World Cup. Here's how they did itHoran, right, scored the opening goal against Sweden in the third minute. At left is US midfielder Rose Lavelle. The Americans didn’t allow a goal in their three group matches, winning them by a combined score of 18-0.Hide Caption 18 of 27US head coach Jill Ellis sings the National Anthem before the group-stage match against Chile. Ellis was also the coach when the US team won the World Cup four years ago.US head coach Jill Ellis sings the National Anthem before the group-stage match against Chile. Ellis was also the coach when the US team won the World Cup four years ago. Photos: The US women just won another World Cup. Here's how they did itUS head coach Jill Ellis sings the National Anthem before the group-stage match against Chile. Ellis was also the coach when the US team won the World Cup four years ago.Hide Caption 19 of 27US fans celebrate a goal in the Americans' 3-0 victory over Chile. Thousands of US fans made the trip to France.US fans celebrate a goal in the Americans' 3-0 victory over Chile. Thousands of US fans made the trip to France. Photos: The US women just won another World Cup. Here's how they did itUS fans celebrate a goal in the Americans’ 3-0 victory over Chile. Thousands of US fans made the trip to France.Hide Caption 20 of 27Chile's Javiera Tora, left, and US midfielder Mallory Pugh focus on the ball.Chile's Javiera Tora, left, and US midfielder Mallory Pugh focus on the ball. Photos: The US women just won another World Cup. Here's how they did itChile’s Javiera Tora, left, and US midfielder Mallory Pugh focus on the ball.Hide Caption 21 of 27Carli Lloyd, the Golden Ball winner from the 2015 World Cup, scored the third US goal against Chile. This year, she was mostly used as a substitute.Carli Lloyd, the Golden Ball winner from the 2015 World Cup, scored the third US goal against Chile. This year, she was mostly used as a substitute. Photos: The US women just won another World Cup. Here's how they did itCarli Lloyd, the Golden Ball winner from the 2015 World Cup, scored the third US goal against Chile. This year, she was mostly used as a substitute.Hide Caption 22 of 27Young US fans watch the match against Chile.Young US fans watch the match against Chile. Photos: The US women just won another World Cup. Here's how they did itYoung US fans watch the match against Chile.Hide Caption 23 of 27Rapinoe celebrates her goal during the team's 13-0 rout over Thailand. It was the largest win in World Cup history for any team, men or women. But<a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/12/us/uswnt-world-cup-sportsmanship-trnd/index.html" target="_blank"> the team was criticized</a> for the way it celebrated many of its late goals.Rapinoe celebrates her goal during the team's 13-0 rout over Thailand. It was the largest win in World Cup history for any team, men or women. But<a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/12/us/uswnt-world-cup-sportsmanship-trnd/index.html" target="_blank"> the team was criticized</a> for the way it celebrated many of its late goals. Photos: The US women just won another World Cup. Here's how they did itRapinoe celebrates her goal during the team’s 13-0 rout over Thailand. It was the largest win in World Cup history for any team, men or women. But the team was criticized for the way it celebrated many of its late goals.Hide Caption 24 of 27Lloyd consoles some of the Thai players after the blowout victory.Lloyd consoles some of the Thai players after the blowout victory. Photos: The US women just won another World Cup. Here's how they did itLloyd consoles some of the Thai players after the blowout victory.Hide Caption 25 of 27Lloyd is closed down by a Thai defender in the opening match.Lloyd is closed down by a Thai defender in the opening match. Photos: The US women just won another World Cup. Here's how they did itLloyd is closed down by a Thai defender in the opening match.Hide Caption 26 of 27O'Hara, foreground, cheers on her teammates after a goal against Thailand.O'Hara, foreground, cheers on her teammates after a goal against Thailand. Photos: The US women just won another World Cup. Here's how they did itO’Hara, foreground, cheers on her teammates after a goal against Thailand.Hide Caption 27 of 2727 world cup final20 world cup final21 world cup final23 world cup final01 USWNT World Cup02 USWNT World Cup03 USWNT World Cup RESTRICTED23 USWNT World Cup04 USWNT World Cup 05 USWNT World Cup 06 USWNT World Cup 07 USWNT World Cup RESTRICTED08 USWNT World Cup RESTRICTED09 USWNT World Cup RESTRICTED24 USWNT World Cup RESTRICTED11 USWNT World Cup12 USWNT World Cup RESTRICTED06 what a shot 062314 USWNT World Cup15 USWNT World Cup RESTRICTED16 USWNT World Cup RESTRICTED17 USWNT World Cup18 USWNT World Cup19 USWNT World Cup RESTRICTED20 USWNT World Cup21 USWNT World Cup RESTRICTED22 USWNT World Cup RESTRICTEDThe US has seen off the best teams in the world in France. In England and France, it has beaten the sides ranked No.3 and No.4 respectively and, to secure its country’s fourth world title, swept aside the Netherlands, the European champion. Unbeaten in 17 World Cup matches, this USWNT side is undoubtedly the finest of its generation. A hegemony is not good for any sport, admittedly, but what this tournament has shown is that the USWNT is being rapidly pursued by European countries whose men’s national teams have long since been a force.Seven of the quarterfinalists in France were European and federations and clubs in France, England and the Netherlands, for instance, are investing heavily in the game.Though it is the USWNT which reigned supreme at the conclusion of this 52-match tournament, one day the dynasty will end, which is why its team of campaigners should be admired for speaking for the many in a fight which could lead to lasting change.

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