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Homecoming heroines: U.S. women’s triumphant return

Here’s a tweet by tweet look at the World Cup champion USWNT’s trip from the Lyon locker room to Newark Airport.

U.S. WNT Arrival at Newark Liberty International Airport
Julie Ertz #8 of United States, Alex Morgan #13 of United States and Megan Rapinoe #15 of United States wearing shirts that say World Champions walk off the plane and holds up the FIFA World Cup Trophy as the USA Women’s National team arrives back in the U.S. after winning their 4th FIFA World Cup title against Netherlands at Newark Liberty International Airport on July 08, 2019 in Newark, NJ, USA.
Photo by Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images

The U.S. Women’s National Team will wake up in American beds Tuesday morning, catching up on social media and news headlines about their historic World Cup victory, after a virtual blackout on their flight from France to Newark, N.J. on Monday.

On Wednesday, they’ll ride on floats through Lower Manhattan’s Canyon of Heroes in a ticker tape parade, and receive the key to New York City at City Hall. The last time NYC threw a ticker tape parade it was for the 2015 Women’s World Cup champions, some of whom are 2019 champs as well.

But before the public tribute, here’s a look back at how the USWNT celebrated behind closed doors, from the pitch to the locker room in Lyon, as well as aboard their eight-hour flight across the Atlantic, and everything in between.

Thanks to the team and its players for sharing their experience through Twitter and Instagram! Depending on your internet connection, loading these links may take awhile (but it’s worth it!).

Be sure to play this one with the SOUND UP!

You’ll find many, many many more wild pix of the celebration on Ashlyn Harris’s Instagram stories, collected here by our friends at SB Nation. Oh, look, here’s Megan Rapinoe joining the party!

These ladies know how to make a grand entrance.

Party time!

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How many ⭐️ is that?

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It’s Megan Rapinoe on a bus, celebratory glass still in hand.

Alex Morgan knows how to hold on tight to her dreams.

Buckle up, baby!

Eight hours in the air, no WiFi.

HOME! (Well, actually... Newark, but you get the idea)

What did you bring us?

LOVE their tops.

And we leave you with this look back at Megan Rapinoe, circa 1999, thanks to @uswnt Can you guess which girl is Megan?