(Yahoo!) The United States women's national team resumed its whirlwind World Cup championship celebration on home soil with a downtown rally at L.A. Live before an estimated crowd of 10,000 on Tuesday.
The enthusiastic fans, some arriving as early as 4:30 a.m. PT for the 11 a.m. event, got to see coach Jill Ellis and all 23 players come up on stage, as Megan Rapinoe and Amy Rodriguez had the honors of introducing their teammates individually, often by nickname or with inside jokes.
Rapinoe referred to star forward Alex Morgan as "baby horse," called center backs Julie Johnston and Becky Sauerbrunn as "brick walls and introduced goalkeeper Hope Solo as "the GOAT" – the greatest of all time. When it came time to have Carli Lloyd stand up and say a few words, Rapinoe predicted a bigger role for the Golden Ball winner as the World Cup's top player.
"In case you haven't heard," Rapinoe said, "she's running for president."
Super sub Kelley O'Hara, whom Rapinoe called the team's very own "Georgia Peach," was overwhelmed by the sea of supporters. She will see even more people dressed in red, white and blue on Friday when the team gets treated to a rare New York City ticker-tape parade down the Canyon of Heroes.
"I'm flying back to Georgia and I'm just going to sit at home," O'Hara said of her plans for a "day off" before traveling to NYC. "I'll probably go for a run, play some tennis, just relax."
"It's the best feeling in the world and there are no words to describe winning," O'Hara added. "But I think at the same time we're all ready to just decompress for at least a couple of hours."
Sauerbrunn was in awe of the spectacle she and her team experienced at L.A. Live. She was also very thankful.
"The energy, the amount of people – it was great," Sauerbrunn said.
"Today was absolutely amazing to celebrate like that," Rapinoe said. "Our fans have been incredible this entire tournament and to be able to take the shirt off and celebrate with them in an informal way was fun for us."
The world champions ended the rally with an updated version of the "I believe that we will win" chant.
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