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Gov. Whitmer invites US women's soccer team to Michigan for celebration after World Cup win

Posted: 9:15 AM, Jul 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-10 09:15:32-04
Gov. Whitmer invites US women's soccer team to Michigan for celebration after World Cup win

It's safe to say the U.S. women's soccer team is having a pretty good week after winning their fourth World Cup title on Sunday.

Now, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is hoping the team will make a stop in Michigan to celebrate their victory.

"I wanted to congratulate the U.S. women's soccer team on winning the World Cup," Whitmer said in a video posted to Facebook and Twitter Tuesday.

Whitmer went on to extend an invite to the entire team, offering up Michigan as a potential stop while celebrating their win. Whitmer added that the state recently added a task force that focuses on supporting and promoting opportunities for women and girls in sports in the state.

"Secretary of State Joceyln Benson and I recently announced the task force on women in sports," Whitmer said in the invitational video. "We're hoping you might want to come to Michigan and we will celebrate your victory, talk about women in sports.

"And we can even talk about pay equity over a cup of tea," Whitmer added, while gesturing a cup of tea in reference to a photo of Alex Morgan making the same gesture after scoring a goal during the FIFA Women's World Cup France Semi Final match.

The discussion of pay equity for women in the U.S. has gotten considerably more attention since the World Cup win, bringing to light the pay gap between men and women. The prize for the men's 2018 World Cup was $400 million, while female players will receive $30 million for their win this year, CNN reported .

The U.S. women's soccer team hasn't yet RSVP's to Whitmer's invitation, but Action News will keep you posted on if, and possibly when, there may be a local celebration.

The U.S. women's soccer team beat the Netherlands 2-0 Sunday to win their fourth World Cup title, and second consecutive title.