President Barack Obama called the U.S. Women's Soccer Team to congratulate them on their victory in Sunday's Women's World Cup final, noting not only their rise to international prominence but their dominance of American television airwaves. The game's 25.4 million average viewers made it far and away the most-watched soccer match in American history.
"Next time I see the men's team I'll have to remind them that you guys beat them in viewership," the president joked.
He asked USWNT star Carli Lloyd – who scored a hat-trick in just 16 minutes in Sunday's World Cup final – what she'd been eating, recently, joking, “I want to do what you're doing.”
On Monday, the president tweeted Lloyd and the U.S. team an invitation to visit the White House, which he reiterated during the call.
"You guys just made a whole bunch of new fans and more importantly, I think, inspired a whole new generation of young women to make sure that U.S. women's soccer continues to grow," he said.