We believed. They believed. And now the United States Women’s National Soccer Team are the 2015 World Cup Champions, giving them their third title and the rights to say they are the only team to have three under their belt.
However, it’s been 16 long years since the women of the United States held the World Cup trophy triumphantly over their heads as they did tonight, and after losing to Japan in the finals back in 2011, they had something to prove and the vengeance in their eyes manifested itself into a 5-2 clinic over their opponents. The victory was the highest scoring FIFA Women’s World Cup game in history.
A battle on the field ensued between Japan and the United States. Carli Lloyd and company would be avenged, and with a Lloyd hat trick in the first 16 minutes of the game, the third coming from midfield, a victory seemed to be inevitable. Lloyd became the first American to record a hat trick in a Women’s World Cup Final, and with that record broken and a dominant start, all momentum surged in the hands of the US women who led 4-1 going into halftime.
Japan, which had allowed only three goals total in its six previous matchups, would not lay down and accept the clinical treatment quietly. Their second goal game in the 52nd minute of the game, but fate aided by the incredible talents of Lloyd and goalie Hope Solo, would not deny the US women the rights to their throne.
Following their 5-2 victory and a celebration to be revered, Carli Lloyd was awarded the Golden Ball, the ultimate token of her excellence. Lloyd also notably tied Germany’s Celia Sacic for six goals in the tournament. Hope Solo was awarded the Golden Glove, cementing her dominance over her position.
Their redemption was sweet. The rewards were sweeter. Until next year, when more records may be shattered, more goals may be stopped, and more titles may be won. Congratulations to the women of the United States. Just one day after our Independence Day, we can certainly say it’s a great time to be an American!