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30 Moments of Pride: Megan Rapinoe wins World Cup Golden Boot

Soccer star Megan Rapinoe won both the Golden Boot and Golden Ball as she helped the USWNT defeat the Netherlands to win the 2019 Women’s World Cup.

United States of America v Netherlands : Final - 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France
Megan Rapinoe of the USA celebrates with the Golden Boot after the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final match between The United State of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France.
Photo by Maddie Meyer - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

For Pride month, we’ve dedicated each day of June to an individual athlete or coach whose shining moment changed LGBTQ sports.

Today, we revisit July 7, 2019, the day the United States Women’s National Team won the Women’s World Cup in Lyon, France.

Megan Rapinoe’s penalty kick broke a 0-0 deadlock with The Netherlands in the 61st minute after Alex Morgan caught a high boot in the box from Dutch defender Stefanie van de Gragt.

The foul wasn’t initially called on the field but the penalty was awarded following a VAR review. The goal was Rapinoe’s 50th in international play, and earned her the tournament’s Golden Boot. In addition, Rapinoe received the Golden Ball, awarded to the tournament’s most outstanding player, prior to the medal ceremony.

She also became the oldest woman to score in a Women’s World Cup final.

Rapinoe exited to a standing ovation in the 79th minute. Rapinoe even took the time to visit with her family in the stands before the final whistle blew.

Upon their return, New York City threw the world champions a ticker-tape parade, during which Rapinoe held aloft her Golden Boot and recreated for the crowd and cameras her famous “Are You Not Entertained?” pose.

U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Victory Parade
Alex Morgan (L) and Allie Long (R) stand with Megan Rapinoe as she poses with the trophy while riding a float during the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Victory Parade through the Canyon of Heroes on July 10, 2019 in New York City.
Photo by Brian Ach/WireImage

We’ll have another Moment of Pride tomorrow and every day in June.