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Transcript: Mayor de Blasio, First Lady McCray Deliver Remarks at Ceremony in Honor of the United States Women's National Soccer Team

July 10, 2019

First Lady Chirlane McCray: Hello, soccer fans.

[Cheers]

Are you ready to celebrate the World Champion U.S. Women’s Soccer team?

[Cheers]

No, no, no, no, no, no. Let’s try that one more time. Are you ready to celebrate the game-changing, record-breaking, back-to-back World Cup winning U.S. Soccer team?

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That’s right – this is how we welcome our heroes back home.

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Now, the world has been watching these athletes in awe over the last month. They showed us what it means to work hard and never give up. They inspired us with incredible skill and flawless teamwork. And they showed us that playing like a girl is to be unbeatable.

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Now, everyone loves a winner. But do you know what everyone loves even more? A winner with a message – and a message that demands equal pay in the USA is fair game.

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Don’t you agree?

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Audience: Equal pay! Equal pay! Equal pay! Equal pay!

First Lady McCray: Equal pay! Equal pay! Today, they are the greatest soccer team in the world.

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All the young girls who cheered the team on match after match after match, they know that there are no limits to what they can achieve. Our champions have shown us and they are still showing us how to stand together, fight harder, and win for equal rights, social justice, and equal pay.

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New York City, do we stand with the U.S. Soccer team?

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Are we going to celebrate them like the world champions they are?

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Yes, yes, we cheered for them on the field and we are with them too for equality off the field.

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U.S.A.! Equal pay! U.S.A.! Equal pay!

Audience: U.S.A.! Equal pay! U.S.A.! Equal pay!

First Lady McCray: And now, please welcome my World Cup cheering partner, Mayor Bill de Blasio.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio: Thank you, Chirlane. Thank you for reminding that this is a moment in history. Did you see the love for that team out there in the Canyon of Heroes? Did you feel the love?

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That was a moment of unity. That was a moment where all the good in our city, all the good in our nation – you could feel it. And this team brought us together and this team showed so much to make us hopeful. Today, we had a moment we will remember for the rest of our lives. And I want to welcome everyone here in this city – I want to welcome everyone around the country who’s watching, everyone around the world who is watching this historic moment.

[Mayor de Blasio speaks in Spanish]

In just a moment, you are going to be introduced, in person, to our champion team – are you ready?

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Four World Cups, never has been done in the history of American soccer.

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We are so proud that their first stop was the Canyon of Heroes.

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Heroes and heroines, right? And we know how to celebrate here. This team has done something never before seen in the history of this country – the greatest, most winning soccer team in American history.

[Mayor de Blasio speaks in Spanish]

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And what they accomplished was extraordinary – the thrilling win versus France in the quarter-finals, Alyssa Naeher’s epic save in the semi-finals versus England –

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And then, one more great hurdle in the finals – and we will never forget when Megan Rapinoe scored that penalty shot –

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– and when Rose Lavelle sealed the victory with a second goal.

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And there was a deafening roar celebrating that victory, a deafening roar for our champions. I want to hear one more deafening roar because of what they stand for. Let me hear you say it. U.S.A.! Equal Pay!

Audience: U.S.A.! Equal Pay!

Mayor: U.S.A.! Equal Pay! U.S.A.! Equal Pay! U.S.A.! Equal Pay!

Audience: U.S.A.! Equal Pay! U.S.A.! Equal Pay! U.S.A.! Equal Pay!

Mayor: This team has shown an undeniable truth, an inalienable right – that the equality of women must be guaranteed in this nation. And let’s honor them by doing it – let’s honor them by ensuring it. They have inspired millions and millions, and they have inspired particularly young women to believe in themselves, to be brave, to be bold, to be fierce. What this team has done will live in our history, because everyone in their heart feels this is America’s team, and we could not be more proud of our team.

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Later on in this ceremony, we will honor each player and each coach with the highest honor New York City gives – the Key to the City, and every one of them has earned it. So, on behalf of 8.6 million New Yorkers, what an honor to have this great team among us and to remember what they told us – One Nation, One team. One Nation, One Team. That’s what we believe.

[Mayor de Blasio speaks in Spanish]

All together – and now, I have the great honor of introducing someone very special. She is no stranger to the world of sports, a former basketball star herself and sports reporter, and now the anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America – let me introduce to you, Robin Roberts.

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