Just moments after the U.S. women’s soccer team defeated the Netherlands on Sunday to secure their second straight World Cup title, midfielder Allie Long came under fire for briefly dropping the American flag during her celebration with Golden Boot winner and outspoken Trump critic Megan Rapinoe.
Long dropped the flag on the ground to do the choreographed celebration with Rapinoe, her teammate on the National Women’s Soccer League’s Reign FC, and Alex Morgan.
Soon after, Long was criticized on social media for the flag drop.
She doesn’t deserve to represent the united states. I’m disgusted.— JBS (@jbs_jodes) July 8, 2019
I think it’s GREAT the woman’s soccer team won but don’t disrespect the American Flag by dragging it on the ground and dropping it just to take a picture. WAY too many damn men and women died to protect what that flag stands for.— Matthew Foster (@trainthrivept) July 8, 2019
Kelley O’Hara, who was knocked out of the match with concussion-like symptoms, was praised, however, for running in and picking the flag up soon after it had been dropped.
This isn't the first time the US women's team has disrespected the American Flag, the US team's primary superstar Megan Rapinoe has consistently refused to respect the national anthem as a protest against Trump.