White House offers inside look at Obama’s call to US women’s soccer team

White House offers inside look at Obama’s call to US women’s soccer team
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The White House offered a rare inside look at President Obama’s phone call to the U.S. women’s soccer team congratulating them on their World Cup victory.

In a video posted to the White House’s Twitter account late Tuesday, Obama is seen joking with the players and the coach, who were talking with the president over speakerphone. 


“So I turn on the game, and you guys kind of took the suspense out of it,” Obama quipped. “Ten minutes, and that’s all she wrote.”

The U.S. routed Japan, 5-2 in Vancouver on Sunday to win their third World Cup. The Americans shocked the Japanese squad by scoring four goals in the first 16 minutes of the match. 

Obama also had an amusing aside with Carli Lloyd, who helped lead the U.S. team to victory with a historic hat trick. 

“Carli, what have you been eating,” the president asked. “I want to do what you’re doing.”

“You can come out and run on the field with me,” Lloyd replied.

“Yeah, you know, I’ll do that for about 30 seconds, and then I’ll stop,” Obama said. 

The president congratulated the team and said he would give some grief to the men’s team about the fact the women’s team beat them in the TV ratings. The Women’s World Cup final was the most watched soccer match in U.S. history. 

At the end of the conversation, Obama invited the team to the White House to celebrate their title.