“Go gays!” Megan Rapinoe shouted after she led the United States team to a 2-1 quarter-final victory over France in Paris. The semi-finals of the women’s World Cup on Friday was noteworthy since Megan stole the headlines, thus USA march one step closer towards the World Cup final.

When asked it being Pride month, Megan said, “You can’t win a championship without gays on your team – it’s never been done before, ever. That’s science, right there!”

“I’m motivated by people who like me, who are fighting for the same things. I take more energy from that than from trying to prove anyone wrong. That’s draining on yourself. But for me, to be gay and fabulous, during Pride month at the World Cup, is nice,” she added making her contribution more personally significant.

The comments came in the wake after the 33-year-old engaged in a war of words with Donald Trump and said in footage: “I’m not going to the fucking White House.” This remark came when she was asked whether she would visit if her team won the World Cup.

Megan Rapinoe urged her USA teammates to “think hard” about associating themselves with Trump before the win over France

Her White House comments were a reaction to his latest accusation about her on Twitter of disrespect and said she should “win first before she talks.”

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Megan won hearts this turbulent week after her free-kick five minutes into this quarter-final. Praising the co-captain, US head coach Jill Ellis said, “It’s almost as if it feeds her, she’s a big personality both on and off the pitch and I think she honestly thrives in these moments.”

“There’s a never-say-die attitude, she loves and lives for those moments. She’s a big-time player and the bigger the stage the more she’s going to respond and I think she was fantastic tonight,” Ellis told reporters.

“That was everything you want,” smiled the Player of the Match. “That was such a big performance by our group. The focus defensively, the willingness and the discipline was tremendous. We were ruthless in our chances. It was a game we’ll never forget here in Paris.”

All eyes are now fixed to Tuesday’s last four fixture against England. USA will seek to retain their crown and win a fourth World Cup in eight editions.

Feature Image Credit: The Guardian

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