'Uniquely American' Rapinoe unfazed by Trump spat

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"I mean, it's like, we're at the World Cup, what do you want us to do?"

"Yes, we are a great country and there are so many things that are wonderful and I feel very fortunate to be in this country", Rapinoe said.

"I'd never be able to do this in a lot of other places".

Trump said Rapinoe had disrespected the USA last month in a video in which she said she wouldn't visit the White House while he was in charge, but the 33-year-old, who has starred in her teams run to the final of the women's World Cup in France said her protest was part of her effort to "make this country better for everyone".

Rapinoe went on to explain that America still has room to improve and should always strive to be better. "And I think we just need to be really honest about that and be really open talking about that so we can reconcile that and hopefully move forward and make this country better for everyone". Instead, she wanted to show her support for Rapinoe and the rest of the US women's national team. "More importantly, Barack Obama tweeted at us which I definitely liked so I saw that one and I was really excited about that", she says, grinning from ear to ear. In the meantime, it stands for the national anthem, but neither she sings, yet she puts her Hand on his heart.

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She seems to make people uncomfortable with her short pink hair, openness about her sexual orientation and willingness to take political positions. Instead, she wanted to show her support for Megan Rapinoe. "You just can not shake that girl", Bird wrote about her partner.

Holding and voicing strong opinions is only part of Rapinoe's identity. Alex Morgan's tea-sipping celebration after her goal against England was also knocked. Both Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle are nursing injuries but both have declared themselves fit for Sunday's final because, well, if you're a player you don't rule yourself out of playing in the World Cup final, do you?

Rapinoe didn't set out to be a villain or a hero here, and was surprised to be thrust into the center of a frenzy last week when a months-old video surfaced of an interview she had done with the soccer magazine Eight by Eight.

This week, Rapinoe's girlfriend, three-time WNBA Champion Sue Bird, penned a lengthy note on The Player's Tribune about Trump's attack of the soccer star for saying she would not go "to the f- White House" if her team wins the World Cup. She later apologized for the expletive but not for her sentiments.

Since Trump's tweet, other members of the USWNT have made public comments that they, too, will not be visiting the White House if invited.Ali Krieger refused a potential White House invitation via Twitter in response to Trump's tweet at Rapinoe. Defiantly, he invited the Team now right, regardless of whether it brings the world title.