NEW YORK — MLS soccer team New York City FC is facing major criticism for their planned participation in the ticker-tape parade honoring the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Champions — the U.S. Women’s National Team.
New York City will host a ticker-tape parade Friday to celebrate the historic World Cup victory by the U.S. Women’s National Team against Japan.
It will mark the 206th ticker-tape parade in the city and will begin at 11 a.m. on Broadway, running between Battery Park and City Hall. Fans eagerly await the celebratory event and can follow all of the excitement on PIX11 News and PIX11 online.
However, it seems that some aspects of the event are more anticipated than others.
After announcing their parade participation on Twitter, the New York City men’s Football Club is facing backlash by angry onlookers.
Response tweets began flooding in, mainly showing distaste for the NYFC’s presence at an event to honor the U.S. Women’s World Cup Champions.
The team’s exciting run culminated with a 5-2 victory against Japan on July 5 to give the country its third title, making the United States the only nation to achieve that feat.
The responses to the NYFC participation pose a heated question — is the men’s club imposing on the glory of the World Champions? In other words, would the New York Liberty be imposing if they marched in a Knicks NBA Champions parade? The debate still stands.
The New York Football Club has had some recent success themselves.
The Club has won four of their last five games. They are also celebrating the recent addition of three new players to their group. But are these accomplishments something to be shared with the USWNT during their commencement parade?
PIX11 News attempted to reach out to the New York Football Club for comment, but did not receive any response.
Despite the controversy, one thing is for sure — Friday’s parade will be a festive celebration for the nationally-beloved U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team.