US Soccer player praised for grabbing American flag dropped by her teammate

Social media is going crazy about Kelley O'Hara who picked up a flag that was dropped during the 2019 World Cup title celebration

July 08, 2019 - 8:36 am
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(KFTK/AP) - The U.S. Women's National Team won back-to-back World Cup Championships thanks to a 2-0 victory of the Netherlands, Sunday. But it's a moment during the postgame celebration that has a lot of Americans applauding. 

Kelley O'Hara, a U.S. defender who started the game saw one of her teammates, Allie Long, drop an American Flag while she was doing a dance. And O'Hara quickly reached down to grab the discarded flag. 

People on social media quickly picked up on the moment and shared their appreciation for O'Hara's actions:

The United States won its record fourth Women's World Cup title and second in a row, beating the Netherlands 2-0 Sunday night when Megan Rapinoe converted a tiebreaking penalty kick in the second half. Rose Lavelle added a goal to seal it.

The monthlong journey isn't over quite yet for players who captured the hearts of a nation. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio needed just a few seconds after the match to invite the team to a ticker-tape parade up the Canyon of Heroes in Manhattan on Wednesday.

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