Taylor Swift’s squad got just a little tighter on Friday night when she brought out the entire U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team to greet fans during at the MetLife Stadium stop on the 1989 World Tour. It was the first of Swift’s two-night run at the New Jersey venue, and the team was fresh off their Women’s World Cup win and a New York City ticker tape parade (the first one in the city’s history for a women’s sports team) celebrating their success.
“We got some surprises for you tonight,” Swift had teased earlier in the night, before bringing out a series of guests — yeah, we’ll get to the rest of them in a minute — but the USWNT’s appearance was the highlight of the night for many fans. Swift brought them out during an uproarious performance of “Style,” during which she also invited supermodel Heidi Klum to the stage.
The team appeared from beneath the stage, and walked down Swift’s runway with two billowing American flags and the World Cup trophy. “I want to hold it one more time,” Swift said. The audience chanted “U.S.A.” as the team left the stage to finish watching the show from the stands.
Swift’s first stop in the tri-state area (she’ll play one more night at MetLife on Saturday) also served as a reunion for some of her “Bad Blood” crew. “We’re going to bring the ‘Bad Blood’ video to life,” she told fans before bringing Hailee Steinfeld, Lily Aldridge, Gigi Hadid and Lena Dunham out onstage to walk the runway.
But the most surprising guest star came during the middle of the set when Swift brought out The Weeknd, and together they performed his hit song, “Can’t Feel My Face,” which is quickly becoming a hot contender for song of the summer.
The marathon show ended after a two-and-a-half hour set, featuring nearly every song off 1989 including an acoustic version of “This Love” and an epic — we mean that sincerely — rendition of “Wildest Dreams.” She also tried out an updated synth-heavy take on “Love Story,” and a darker, less dubby “Trouble.”
Swift peppered the set with sentimental monologues, during which she reminded fans that social media shows someone’s “highlight reel,” and that having true, supportive friends — ahem, squad — can change everything.
After a dozen outfit changes and 18 hit tracks, Swift closed the set with “Shake It Off” and a fireworks show. Welcome to New York, indeed.
Swift’s full tour schedule can be seen here