In a 5-2 victory over Japan, the United States Women’s Soccer Team took home the prestigious FIFA World Cup trophy. The team scored a phenomenal four goals in the first 16 minutes of play, led by elite player, Carli Lloyd, who scored the first three goals. This is the third win for the United State’s Women’s Team, with the last win being 16 years ago. The United States is the only team to win the World Cup three times.
Americans were glued to their TV sets watching the team of women play the finals in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on July 5, 2015, just one day after America celebrated the birth of its Independence. In the 2011 FIFA World Cup finals, the United States lost to Japan in penalty kicks after holding the lead twice. Beating Japan in the 2012 Olympics was not enough validation, as the US Women’s Team sought victory against their nemesis at the World Cup. And victory they received.
In a final show of victory, veteran players, Abby Wambach and Christie Rampone, held up the World Cup trophy amidst a crowd of elated teammates and soccer supporters. Growing from 16 teams to 24, the FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament is quickly gaining ground, with women soccer players leading the way for young girls all over the world to pick up the sport.
Talk around today’s water cooler is sure to lead into discussion about Lloyd’s third goal, an unbelievable shot from just inside the Japanese half. Lloyd’s tremendous contributions earned her recognition as the first player ever to score a hat-trick in the Woman’s World Cup finals. It’s no wonder she walked away with both the Golden Ball and the Silver Boot. Hope Solo was awarded the Golden Glove as the best goalie in the tournament, recording an impressive 90% save rate.
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