The United States women’s national team won an unprecedented 3rd FIFA Women’s World Cup in Vancouver on Sunday. The Stars and Stripes got revenge from 4 years ago by defeating Japan 5-2. Carli Lloyd set the tone with the first hat-trick in WWC Final history and in record time with goals in the 3, 5, and 16th minutes. Lauren Holiday (14) and Tobin Heath (54) rounded out the scoring.
Team captain Lloyd set the tone with her hat-trick. The most talked about goal will be the strike from the midfield line when she caught Japan’s keeper off the line.
But the best goal was her first.
On the U.S.’s first corner kick of the game, Lloyd perfectly timed her run to the penalty spot to one-touch a shot off the corner kick on the ground with the outside of her left foot into the back of the net. The opening goal set the tone for the match and the U.S.’s impressive victory.
It was the first FIFA Women’s World Cup title for the U.S. since they won on home soil in 1999. Christie Rampone, the last remaining player from that team, came on as a second half substitute and was handed the captain’s armband. Rampone and Abby Wambach co-lift the trophy.
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