Megan Rapinoe, United States women football team captain, has said female teams cannot win titles without gay players.
Rapinoe said this on Friday, after her two goals gave US victory over hosts, France, in the quarter-final of the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup.
She came out in 2012 as gay, and has been an outspoken critics of President Donald Trump, with her saying she would not go to the White House if the team was invited should they win the tournament.
The 33-year-old after the victory over the French shouted “Go gays”
“You can’t win a championship without gays on your team – it’s never been done before, ever. That’s science, right there!
“I’m motivated by people who like me, who are fighting for the same things. I take more energy from that than from trying to prove anyone wrong. That’s draining on yourself.
“But for me, to be gay and fabulous, during Pride Month at the World Cup, is nice,” she added.
She admitted that the team was not at their best, despite the victory.
“We didn’t have the best night on the ball but defensively, the willingness and the discipline to do what we did was impressive.
“We were ruthless in our chances. Moving on to the next round, that’s really all that matters,” she further said.