Sue Bird BLASTS Trump Over "Hate-Filled" Speech Against Girlfriend Megan Rapinoe

Sue Bird: Megan Rapinoe ‘Completely Unfazed’ by Trump Controversy at World Cup

On Sunday in Lyon the top-ranked Americans will play the victor of Wednesday's semi-final between the Netherlands and Sweden.

"We all actually had a meeting about that but we're confident, we have an wonderful girls team, they got it and they are showing they have it", Haymaker marketing director Sarah Miller said. "The U.S. Soccer Federation should work to correct course and close the wage gap so that the only thing women athletes are fighting for is the world title or a gold medal".

"Their record is phenomenal, the coach's record is phenomenal".

"Rapinoe chose to be a force for change", Whitlock said. "We concentrate a lot on what we can do". It was the World Cup semifinal, after all.

But a player who has been in the spotlight throughout this tournament, on and off the field, had more to say when asked to respond to critics who say her words or actions are anti-American. "She's unique in everything she does". United States of America forward Megan Rapinoe certainly knows how to produce in the big moments. "Just wasn't going to be ready for today", Rapinoe told reporters after the victory against England moved the usa closer to a fourth World Cup title.

It didn't stop her from pouring off the bench with the other substitutes to congratulate their teammates, and Rapinoe is confident it won't rule her out of Sunday's final against either the Netherlands or Sweden.

All 28 members of the defending World Cup champions' squad were named as plaintiffs in a lawsuit against U.S. Soccer filed in March.

Trump blew up at Rapinoe last week after she said that she's "not going to the fucking White House" during an interview. The president warned her to "never disrespect our Country" in a series of tweets last week.

Rapinoe did not participate in pregame warm-ups. Or as Deadspin put it: "Purple-Haired Lesbian Goddess Flattens France Like A Crêpe". "And it's going to take players like that, a couple individuals each game to step up and really help carry this team".

The women's game has taken significant strides in recent years, but it's still in the shadow of men's soccer, which commands far greater attention and resources. She's as sensitive as anyone - maybe more! No doubt each of them will be looking to find the back of the net in this match, 90 minutes that will mean the difference between playing for the Cup or playing for third place.

Whitlock believes Rapinoe's protests are more "organic" than Kaepernick's.

Christen Press started on the wing in front with Morgan and Tobin Heath.

"Like her pugilistic forerunner, with whom she shares sly humor and irresistible swagger, the star player on the US women's national soccer team has evolved into a hero of resistance".

"I think that I am particularly and uniquely and very deeply American", Rapinoe said. "People want, they need, to see that there are people like me playing soccer for the good ol' USA of A".

The USWNT will face England in the Womens' World Cup semifinals Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m. ET.

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