Video: USWNT May Have Had a Few on the Flight Home, Launches Into Raucous 'We Are the Champions' Rendition

The U.S. Women's National Team (USWNT) returned home from France on Monday, and not even a transatlantic flight could dampen the celebrations of the World Cup winners.

If anything, the trip back to the U.S. only gave players and staff a few extra hours to party.

After touching down at Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey at around 4:30 p.m., members of the team posed for pictures on the runway and shared a celebratory toast before launching into a rowdy rendition of "We are the Champions."

I think the USWNT may have been drinking on this flight

— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) July 8, 2019

The celebrations are unlikely to stop for a few days, with the team set to be honored with a ticker-tape parade in New York on Wednesday.

The parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. ET in the Canyon of Heroes, a stretch of Broadway in Lower Manhattan where such events are traditionally held.

It will mark the Big Apple's first ticker-tape parade since 2015, when USWNT became the first women's team to receive such a welcome.

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Julie Ertz #8 of United States holds the FIFA Women's World Cup and is joined by other members of the U.S. Women's National team as the USWNT arrives back in the U.S. at Newark Liberty International Airport on July 8 in Newark, NJ, USA. Ira L. Black/Corbis/Getty

The Americans secured an unprecedented fourth World Cup on Sunday, defeating the Netherlands 2-0 in Lyon.

Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle scored in eight second-half minutes to break the European champions' resistance and successfully defend the title it won four years ago.

As illustrated by the graphic below, provided by Statista, the USWNT has now won the Women's World Cup on four occasions, finishing second in 2011 and third in 2003 and 2007.

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The USWNT has now won the FIFA Women's World Cup for the fourth time. Statista

The team has been invited to the U.S. Capitol by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi "to celebrate your inspiring victory."

Earlier this year, in an interview with soccer magazine Eight by Eight, Rapinoe suggested she didn't expect the team would be invited to the White House if it won the World Cup.

"No f***ing way will we be invited to the White House," she said.

"[Trump] tries to avoid inviting a team that might decline. Or, like he did when the [Golden State] Warriors turned him down, he'll claim they hadn't been invited in the first place."

Her comments were caught on camera and the clip went viral during the tournament, prompting a barrage of criticism, from President Donald Trump and his supporters.

Trump warned Rapinoe "should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team."

However, he then suggested he would invite the team to the White House, regardless of whether it won the tournament or not.

On Sunday, the President tweeted his congratulations to USWNT after the game.

Congratulations to the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team on winning the World Cup! Great and exciting play. America is proud of you all!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 7, 2019

Aside from Trump, Rapinoe also attracted criticism for refusing to place her hand over her heart during the playing of the U.S. anthem.

However, she has always preferred to let actions on the field do the talking, and Sunday was no different.

"I don't think we have anything more to say," she told reporters after the game. "We are such a proud and strong and defiant group of women. We've done exactly what we've set out to do, what we wanted to do."

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