Wonder Women: U.S. Dominate World Cup Final

07/05/2015 Vancouver, Canada

Riding a wave of patriotism on Fourth of July weekend, the United States Women’s National Team won their third ever FIFA World Cup in convincing fashion on Sunday behind a stunning early hat-trick from Carli Lloyd, eventually taking home the trophy with a 5-2 victory over Japan.

Lloyd converted two early set-piece chances inside five minutes before providing a jaw-dropping finish from nearly half-field in what was easily the most outstanding play of the tournament to put the U.S. ahead 4-0 inside twenty minutes. For her efforts, she was awarded with the Golden Ball for best player while goalkeeper Hope Solo received the Golden Glove for best goalkeeper.

The tournament was a resounding success for the women’s game despite persistent complaints of inequality in the buildup regarding FIFA’s decision to employ artificial turf for the playing surface. With a combined viewership of 26.7 million on Fox and Spanish-language station Telemundo, the game was the most-watched of any soccer game in U.S. history, setting a record for any game shown on English-language television in this country according to The New York Times.

Tributes for the team poured in before and after the match from all over the sports, political, and celebrity landscape.

President Obama sent his regards, as did Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, and Vice President Biden, who attended the match:

Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant enjoyed the goals and the result along with the PGA’s Tiger Woods:

The victory was also a success for the National Women’s Soccer League, of which all 23 players on the roster are a part. The league was created in 2013 and features nine teams across the country.

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Goals: Lloyd 3, 5, Holiday 14, Lloyd 16, Ogimi 27, Johnston (o.g.) 52, Heath 54

USA: 1-Solo; 11-Krieger, 4-Sauerbrunn, 19-Johnston, 22-Klingenberg; 12-Holiday, 14-Brian, 10-Lloyd (c), 15-Rapinoe (5-O’Hara, 61), 13-Morgan (3-Rampone, 86), 17-Heath (20-Wambach, 79)

Japan: 18-Kaihori; 3-Iwashimizu (10-Sawa, 33), 4-Kumagai, 5-Sameshima, 6-Sakaguchi, 8-Miyama (C), 9-Kawasumi (15-Sugasawa, 39), 11-Ohno (16-Iwabuchi, 60), 13-Utsugi, 17-Ogimi, 19-Ariyoshi

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