US Women's National Soccer Team

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The pastures of perfectly lined soccer pitch didn’t always exist as they do at Players Development Academy.

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The United States Women’s National Soccer team paraded through the Canyon of Heroes in lower Manhattan, receiving keys to the city from Mayor Bill de Blasio during a post parade ceremony.  New Jersey’s own Carli Lloyd was the first member of the team to speak to the thousands of fans in attendance.

“I'm super proud of this team.  We were obviously here four years ago; it never gets old.  These parades are amazing.  The fans are amazing,” she said.