A parade in New York City Wednesday is the latest honor for the U.S. team that won the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.
The 2-0 win over the Netherlands marks back to back titles for the women and the fourth time the U.S. team has won the World Cup since 1991.
The celebration in downtown New York attracted tens of thousands of fans.
The parade ended at City Hall, where Mayor Bill DeBlasio was among those calling for equal pay for the women, whom he presented with a ceremonial key to the city.
U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordero, who rode in the parade with the champions, has agreed to mediation to settle the dispute.
Talks are expected to begin immediately. While the women’s team will keep in shape with a series of low key matches around the country in August, the next big tournament on the schedule will be the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
The U.S. will need to qualify for Tokyo with a series of matches in the CONCACAF region. Those will begin in early 2020.
A total of 12 teams will compete in Japan next year. Japan, Brazil, and New Zealand qualified for the Olympics before the World Cup took place.
At the end of this month, coach Jill Ellis’s contract will expire but she has the option to extend for another year through Tokyo 2020.
Click here to watch the Women’s World Cup championships celebrate in New York.
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