The president will present the nation's highest civilian honor to 17 people, who also include Oscar-winning Denzel Washington, the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and soccer Olympian Megan Rapinoe.
It was not the color medal the U.S. had hoped for, but it was a better result than at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics when the USWNT was bounced out of the tournament in the quarterfinals.
Critics are outraged, saying the anti-doping agency for the Games is ignoring the actions of the white athlete on the heels of suspending the Black sprinter this month.
Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, Rose Lavelle and their teammates are bathing in fans' cheers in Manhattan, celebrating their World Cup title.
For two soccer-crazed nations, just one question remains: Will the U.S. continue its march of greatness undaunted, or can the Dutch pull off an upset for the ages?
Fresh from a win over France, the Americans are just one game away from Sunday's World Cup final. But a strong, confident England team wants to upset their plans.