The USA Women’s National Team pulled a UK-UCLAesque beating on Japan’s national team today to become World Cup champions for the third time in USWNT history with a score of 5-2. Carli Lloyd made history when she became the only American to score a hat trick in the World Cup, doing so in just sixteen minutes. Her first two came in minutes 3′ and 5′ and then her third came at minute 16 from midfield after Lauren Holiday’s goal in minute 14.
The last time that USA played in the World Cup Finals was in 2011 against Japan in extra-time, making tonight’s victory that much sweeter. The other two USAWNT World Cup titles come from 1999 against China and 1991 against Norway.
As if Carli Lloyd’s hat-trick wasn’t historic enough, the USA is also the first time to win three World Cup titles and tonight’s match-up was also the highest scoring in World Cup Finals history.
USA! USA! USA!