US National Women's Soccer player Alyssa Naeher called into Elvis Duran and the Morning Show just ahead of the much anticipated NYC Ticker Tape Parade in honor of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup win.
"I'm a 54-year-old guy, is it too late for me [to start playing soccer]?" Elvis joked with the 31-year-old Bridgeport, Connecticut native who opened up about joining her first soccer team when she was only 4-years-old. Naeher went on to say that the team has been smiling non-stop since their win against the Netherlands Women's National Soccer Team in France over the weekend.
"We've been on this journey together for a few years now, especially the last few months. [...] I haven't seen people stop smiling in three days. A lot of laughs. A lot of hugs. A lot of smiles," the starting goalie told Elvis Duran and the Morning Show about celebrating with her teammates. "My cheeks are a little sore now."
After the US Women's World Cup Championship Parade today, the team is jumping on a plane and heading out to LA for the ESPYS tonight where the women are up for 'Team Of The Year.' It's almost a given that the soccer pay-gap controversy will be a hot topic of the night amongst all attending athletes.
When asked about her take on the pay difference between male soccer players and female soccer players Naeher told Elvis Duran and the Morning Show co-host Gandhi, "It's obviously something that's out there. It exists. I think it's something that will continue to be discussed and talked about. Hopefully, those discussions will be on-going and we'll continue to bridge and close that gap through every conversation. I think as long as people are talking about it and as long as progress is being made, we're taking steps in the right direction."
Get Elvis Duran's full audio interview with Alyssa Naeher below.
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