After sixteen years since their win over China, the United States Women’s National Team has finally earned their third FIFA Women’s World Cup title. While there were times that the team did not play their best game, through out the tournament they only allowed 3 goals, one of which was an own goal, while netting 14 goals of their own. Today the team faced off against the team that defeated them in the 2011 Women’s World Cup Final and they had a score to settle. Soccer fans and USA supporters packed viewing parties around the country to cheer on the Lady Yanks, while some 53,000 lucky fans were able to watch the match live in Vancouver, Canada at B.C. Place.
The line-up was the same one that Coach Jill Ellis fielded during the last game against Germany in the semifinal match. Today’s thrilling game against Japan got off to quick start with Captain Carli Lloyd getting early goals in the 3rd and 5th minute. Lauren Holiday found the back of the net only 9 minutes later making it 3-0. Lloyd was on fire during the game because she earned herself a hat trick (three goals) in the 16th minute. Japan was baffled by the US’s early onslaught but finally pulled a goal back in the 27th minute. Japan started bringing early subs to try and turn the game around. The U.S. ended the first half with a 4-1 lead. When the second half resumed Japan had a ball in the box and Julie Johnson got her head on the ball accidentally sending it past Hope Solo earning an own goal in the 52nd. Tobin Heath gave the USA one more goal to seal the deal in the 54th. Veteran players, Abby Wambach and Christie Rampone, made appearances as late substitutions at the end of the game. Rampone being the only member of the winning 1999 team, became the oldest player to make a World Cup appearance. The U.S. won the game 5-2.
Carli Lloyd earned the honors of Budwiser Woman of the Match as well as the Golden Ball award. Hope Solo earned the Golden Glove award. While the medals were being handed out to the players, Rampone and Wambach hung back when it came time to lift the trophy the pair did so together. It was the perfect ending to an amazing World Cup run.
Congratulations to the United States Women’s National Soccer Team on their 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup win!
Photo Credit: U.S. Soccer