They broke records and made history. And topped it off with bottles of bubbly, dancing and celebratory speeches at the Women's World Cup victory parade Wednesday morning in Manhattan.
The ladies of the United States Women's National team, led by captains Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe, began their journey to victory with an unheard of, and record-setting, 13-0 victory over Thailand. Perhaps "unheard of" is not the correct term -- they were heard loud and clear. This resulted in controversy over some of the team's celebrations after each, well-deserved goal.
Then came other matches, including the tests of Spain, France and England -- in which they passed, with flying colors.
And when it was time for the finale against the Netherlands ... well, you know what happened.
The parade was led by Rapinoe, who made one hell of an entrance to start things off after an introduction from Robin Roberts:
The Golden Ball Award winner, of course, had to begin it all with her signature pose -- you know what I'm talking about.
Morgan showered the crowd in champagne:
And did the tea pose ...
Breakthrough star Rose Lavelle enjoyed the festivities as well:
Ready for ya, America. 🇺🇸🏆 pic.twitter.com/R3wMXl8xdz— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) July 10, 2019
So lit ...
GONNA BE LIT 🔥 pic.twitter.com/AvN1ORI7uX— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) July 10, 2019
On Ashlyn Harris' Instagram story (someone was gracious enough to put the collection together in a YouTube video), Rapinoe, without hesitation said, "I deserve this."
Warning: This video is pretty NSFW, but worth it:
A day and a journey to remember.
Just as FIFA president Gianni Infantino said in the closing press conference, "There will be a before and after the Women's World Cup 2019."
To cap things off, Rapinoe gave an epic speech.
"This is my charge to everyone. We have to be better. We have to love more, hate less. We've got to listen more and talk less. We've got to know that this is everybody's responsibility."— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 10, 2019
What. A. Speech. @mPinoe 👏👏👏🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/eOPEJTsjLa
"This is my charge to everyone. We have to be better. We have to love more, hate less. We've got to listen more and talk less. We've got to know that this is everybody's responsibility."