NYC celebrates Women’s World Cup winners with parade

Members of the U.S. women's soccer team and fans celebrate the team's World Cup championship during a public celebration, Tuesday, July 7, 2015, in Los Angeles. This was the first U.S. stop for the team since beating Japan in the Women's World Cup final Sunday in Canada. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

NEW YORK (AP) – The U.S. women’s soccer team has been given a hero’s welcome at City Hall in New York City following a parade along the Canyon of Heroes.

The World Cup champs were honored on Friday afternoon in front of a crowd of 3,500 people at City Hall Plaza.

The ceremony followed a parade in lower Manhattan that drew throngs of young girls and other flag-waving fans. It was the first-ever ticker-tape parade in New York for a women’s sports team.

The U.S. beat Japan 5-2 in Sunday’s final in Vancouver to collect the top prize in women’s soccer for the first time in 16 years.

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