“I think we always know that the best thing we could do for soccer, for the lawsuit, for everything that we’re fighting for, equality, is to win,” Kelly O’Hara said in the documentary.
And win they definitely do, with their 2019 World Cup run winning over, well, the world and turning many of the players into legitimate celebrities, an unfortunate rarity in many female sports.
Rapinoe was named Sports Illustrated‘s Sportsperson of the Year, also landing a spot on Glamour‘s Women of the Year list. And in June 2021, she was named one of the new faces of Victoria’s Secret in the brand’s massive overhaul. Morgan was the only non-tennis player to crack the Top 10 of Forbes’ round-up of the highest paid female athletes in 2020, mostly due to her ever-expanding endorsement portfolio that the money magazine estimated to be “10 times as much as her roughly $400,000 on-field salary and bonus.” And then there are married former teammates Alie Krieger and Ashlyn Harris who became the ultimate example in the sports world’s #couplegoals (pun fully intended), fans cheering for their 2019 wedding and their 2-year-old daughter Sloane Phillips.