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'Wah, wah, wah,' Rapinoe defends USA celebrations

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Published on July 3, 2019 - Duration: 01:04s

'Wah, wah, wah,' Rapinoe defends USA celebrations

U.S. Women's National Team members Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd defend their team amid criticism that they've been disrespecting the game and opponents by celebrating their goals at the 2019 Women's World Cup.

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'Wah, wah, wah,' Rapinoe defends USA celebrations

Rapinoe sat out in Tuesday's semi-final victory over England due to a hamstring strain, but she remained a pivotal member on the sidelines cheering on the team.

She and others cheered as Alex Morgan scored what would be the winner in the 31st minute.

Morgan followed up her goal by running to the sideline where she stopped to sip an imaginary cup of tea, sparking a slew of memes and American Revolution references on social media.

The victory came two days before Independence Day in the United States, which commemorates the Declaration of Independence from Britain by 13 American colonies in 1776.

On Wednesday, Rapinoe defended the celebrations by the U.S. team, saying "we're at the World Cup, what do you want us to do?" Teammate Carli Lloyd also defended Morgan saying that although she didn't see the tea cup celebration, "we're just having a little bit of fun with it." The U.S. will play in the finals on Sunday (July 8) against either Sweden or the Netherlands.

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