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(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. STRIKER ALEX MORGAN SAYING: "I think we will make that decision after we finish Sunday's game.
I think there has been a lot of talk prematurely about the White House and about Trump but first we have to do business and then I think you guys know the answer to the question anyways." LYON, FRANCE (JULY 2, 2019) (REUTERS PICTURES - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE) 2.
STILL OF MORGAN CELEBRATING HER GOAL AGAINST ENGLAND BY MIMING DRINKING TEA LYON, FRANCE (JULY 5, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 3.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. STRIKER ALEX MORGAN SAYING: "My celebration was actually more about that's the tea which was telling a story, you know, spreading news, Sophie Turner does it quite often, she's one of my favourite actresses, so it wasn't a hit to England in any way.
Secondly, I feel that there is some sort of double standard for females in sports, to feel like we have to be humble in our successes and have to celebrate but not too much and have to do something but it always has to be in a limited fashion.
And you see men celebrating all around the world in big tournaments, grabbing their sacks (testicles) or whatever it is and when I look at sipping a cup of tea I'm a little taken aback and you have to laugh about it to see all the criticism, so I'm a little disappointed in that and obviously we were teammates at Orlando Pride so I have the utmost respect for Lianne (Sanderson) and all my team mates that I've ever played with." STORY: United States forward Alex Morgan said on Friday (July 5) that any decision about whether to accept an invitation to visit President Donald Trump at the White House would only come after Sunday's World Cup final and would likely be a collective team choice.
U.S. winger Megan Rapinoe's forceful comments that she would not attend any White House celebration prompted Trump to respond in a series of tweets and caused plenty of controversy.
Speaking ahead of Sunday's final against the Netherlands, Morgan said such talk had been premature but suggested such a visit was unlikely.
An invitation from the president to celebrate at the White House is regularly offered to successful American sports teams and individuals, such as Olympic gold medalists.
Asked if she could imagine a situation where some players attended while others stayed away, Morgan said that was unlikely.
She rated the Dutch as a quality team which was experienced at the top level despite being a young squad.
Morgan stirred up a controversy after scoring against England in the semi-final on July 2 with her 'tea sipping' celebration which was described as 'distasteful' by her former Orlando Pride team mate and England international Lianne Sanderson.
Morgan denied it was a jibe at England and complained of double standards at the way men's and women's celebrations were judged.