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U.S. women's soccer player Megan Rapinoe celebrates with the FIFA Women's World Cup trophy at City Hall after a ticker tape parade, Wednesday, July 10, 2019 in New York. The U.S. national team beat the Netherlands 2-0 to capture a record fourth Women's World Cup title.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police say they are investigating after posters featuring U.S women's soccer team player Megan Rapinoe (ruh-PEE'-noh) were defaced with derogatory slurs.

Police said Wednesday the vandalism, which was discovered inside the Bryant Park subway station in midtown Manhattan on Monday, was being investigated as a possible hate crime. The posters have since been scrubbed clean.

The 2019 World Cup MVP has been an outspoken advocate for gender equity and LGBTQ inclusion.

The soccer team was honored with a ticker tape parade Wednesday up New York City's Canyon of Heroes for winning the World Cup.

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After the parade, Rapinoe urged Americans to "love more" and "hate less."

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