‘You can’t win without gay players,’ says USA’s World Cup hero Megan Rapinoe

She has been caught up in a war of words with US President Donald Trump and scored two goals against host France to lead her side to the semifinals of the Women's World Cup.

Then after the game, Rapinoe, according to several outlets including the Guardian in the UK, proclaimed: "Go gays. You can't win a championship without gays on your team. It's never been done before, ever. That's science, right there."

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LE HAVRE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: David Beckham looks on during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Quarter Final match between Norway and England at Stade Oceane on June 27, 2019 in Le Havre, France. (Photo by Zhizhao Wu/Getty Images)
LE HAVRE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: David Beckham looks on during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Quarter Final match between Norway and England at Stade Oceane on June 27, 2019 in Le Havre, France. (Photo by Zhizhao Wu/Getty Images)
LE HAVRE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: David Beckham looks on during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Quarter Final match between Norway and England at Stade Oceane on June 27, 2019 in Le Havre, France. (Photo by Zhizhao Wu/Getty Images)
LE HAVRE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Millie Bright of England Women, Mary Earps of England Women during the World Cup Women match between Norway v England at the Stade Oceane on June 27, 2019 in Le Havre France (Photo by Geert van Erven/Soccrates/Getty Images)
LE HAVRE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Steph Houghton of England Women, Karen Bardsley of England Women during the World Cup Women match between Norway v England at the Stade Oceane on June 27, 2019 in Le Havre France (Photo by Geert van Erven/Soccrates/Getty Images)
LE HAVRE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Head coach Phil Neville of England reacts after the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Quarter Final match between W37 and W39 at on June 27, 2019 in Le Havre, France. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
LE HAVRE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Ian Wright during the World Cup Women match between Norway v England at the Stade Oceane on June 27, 2019 in Le Havre France (Photo by Geert van Erven/Soccrates/Getty Images)
LE HAVRE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Ellen White, goalkeeper of England Karen Bardsley and captain Steph Houghton salute the supporters following the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Quarter Final match between Norway and England at Stade Oceane on June 27, 2019 in Le Havre, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
LE HAVRE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Ellen White, goalkeeper of England Karen Bardsley and captain Steph Houghton salute the supporters following the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Quarter Final match between Norway and England at Stade Oceane on June 27, 2019 in Le Havre, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
LE HAVRE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Maren Mjelde of Norway, Beth Mead of England during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Quarter Final match between Norway and England at Stade Oceane on June 27, 2019 in Le Havre, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
LE HAVRE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Ellen White of England (right) celebrates her goal with teammates during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Quarter Final match between Norway and England at Stade Oceane on June 27, 2019 in Le Havre, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
LE HAVRE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Lucy Bronze of England (H) celebrates her goal with teammates during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Quarter Final match between Norway and England at on June 27, 2019 in Le Havre, France. (Photo by Marcio Machado/Getty Images)
LE HAVRE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Lucy Bronze of England (H) scores her goal during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Quarter Final match between Norway and England at on June 27, 2019 in Le Havre, France. (Photo by Marcio Machado/Getty Images)
LE HAVRE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Lucy Bronze of England (H) celebrates her goal with teammates during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Quarter Final match between Norway and England at on June 27, 2019 in Le Havre, France. (Photo by Marcio Machado/Getty Images)
LE HAVRE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Lucy Bronze of England (H) scores her goal during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Quarter Final match between Norway and England at on June 27, 2019 in Le Havre, France. (Photo by Marcio Machado/Getty Images)
LE HAVRE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Lucy Bronze of England celebrates her goal during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Quarter Final match between Norway and England at on June 27, 2019 in Le Havre, France. (Photo by Marcio Machado/Getty Images)
LE HAVRE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Coach of England Phil Neville celebrates with his players the victory following the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Quarter Final match between Norway and England at Stade Oceane on June 27, 2019 in Le Havre, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
LE HAVRE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Jill Scott of England (#8) celebrates her goal with teammates during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Quarter Final match between Norway and England at Stade Oceane on June 27, 2019 in Le Havre, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
LE HAVRE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: David Beckham filming daughter Harper Seven Beckham and his mother Sandra Georgina West doing the mexican wave (ola) during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Quarter Final match between Norway and England at Stade Oceane on June 27, 2019 in Le Havre, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
LE HAVRE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: David Beckham kissing daughter Harper Seven Beckham while Beckham's mother Sandra Georgina West looks on following the national anthems prior to the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Quarter Final match between Norway and England at Stade Oceane on June 27, 2019 in Le Havre, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
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