Thu. Sep 23rd, 2021

Just before halftime at Tuesday’s 2019 World Cup semifinal match between the USA and England, co-captain Alex Morgan made waves by bringing the U.S. ahead 2-1 and breaking an early tie with her goal.

But Morgan’s best move wasn’t just burying the ball in the net. It was her celebratory gesture afterward: an exaggerated sip of tea that turned out to predict events to come.

Tea, of course, is that most traditional of British beverages. While no one knows for sure what the World Cup celebration was really about, Morgan’s gesture had even more significance for fans given the timing of the match: during the week of July 4, the U.S.’s Independence Day in 1776, celebrating the former colony’s motion to break free of colonial British rule.

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