The USMNT will get $2.5 million for finishing in fourth place in the Copa America tournament.

The USWNT got $2 million for winning the World Cup

“It was very intentional,” said Rapinoe. “It was a little nod to Kaepernick and everything that he’s standing for right now. I think it’s actually pretty disgusting the way he was treated and the way that a lot of the media has covered it and made it about something that it absolutely isn’t. We need to have a more thoughtful, two-sided conversation about racial issues in this country.

“Being a gay American, I know what it means to look at the flag and not have it protect all of your liberties. It was something small that I could do and something that I plan to keep doing in the future and hopefully spark some meaningful conversation around it. It’s important to have white people stand in support of people of color on this. We don’t need to be the leading voice, of course, but standing in support of them is something that’s really powerful.”

I feel like a lot of people don’t talk about how white the USWNT has been for the most part throughout their history. A lot of that has to do with the pay to play system but I’ll leave that issue for another day. Anyways - I say all that because it was really nice to see Rapinoe show support for Kaepernick and understand that while she can’t relate to Kaepernick on race, she can still show her support as an ally. Although Pinoe has faced her own struggles as an out athlete, it’s important that white people who call themselves allies actually use their fame and power to point out issues like racism, police brutality, white supremacy, etc. So again, good for Pinoe.

Meet Your USA Soccer Olympians

Hope Solo: ripped her whole arm open and learned to embrace her scar

Mallory Pugh: gave herself an atomic wedgie and broke her wrist trying to fly with a bike pulley system

Allie Long: the little white girl schooling boys

Becky Sauerbrunn: thought she was going to die courtesy of her scary tour guide who ended up just really loving bananas

Kelley O'Hara: almost got herself, Tobin, Alyssa, Kling, and Casey killed by bulls and had to climb around in a dangerous jungle until it was safe

Whitney Engen: got hit in the face with a softball but scored a badass grand slam

Meghan Klingenberg: is a lowkey criminal

Julie Johnston: blinded herself and went for glory only to be way off target

Lindsey Horan: made a great first impression in France by ruining her shoes and tripping French people and making them fall to ground

Carli Lloyd: big badass Jersey girl afraid of cockroaches

Ali Krieger: hoarded rocks in her jacket pockets and had a collection

Christen Press: soccer player? Nah. Flower picker and sideline performer? Hell yeah!

Alex Morgan: had a safe and slow scooter but wanted to go fast and dangerous and got herself and Servando shit whipped to the ground

Morgan Brian: afraid of lizards and still uses the same retainer a lizard was kept in and then later escaped from

Megan Rapinoe: boss ass bitch with her sister on the playground

Crystal Dunn: learned that short people can boss at soccer

Tobin Heath: mowed lawns and named tractor equipment and had a favorite tractor named Frank that she talked passionately about

Alyssa Naeher: claims becoming an aunt and a world cup champion on the same say is the best day ever and everything about her short story was so pure