- USA Women’s National Team wins World Cup for the first time since 1999
- They beat Japan 5-2
- The game was basically over in the first 16 minutes
- People who killed it during the game: Carli Lloyd, scoring 3 goals
- USA was seconds away from beating longest shutout streak record of 540 minutes
- Carli Lloyd set record for 3 goals scored in fastest time
What a way to end the Fourth of July holiday weekend! For those who weren’t watching or are living under a rock, last night the United States Women’s National Team won the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1999.
The game ended in a United States 5-2 victory over Japan. The Japanese Women’s Team beat us back in 2011 during penalties, so we obviously came back this year with a vengeance
The game was pretty much over within the first 16 minutes of the contest.
One of the players who stole the show was Carli Lloyd, who scored three goals in the game to propel the United States to victory. The soon to be 33 year old and New Jersey native scored goals in the 3rd and 5th minute of the game, but her most memorable goal came in the 16th minute when she scored from almost 50 yards away and kicked it over the head of the Japanese goalkeeper. At that point, the game was already 4-0.
The other two goals came from Lauren Holiday in the 14th minute and Tobin Heath in the 54th minute.
For those that remember, the 1999 FIFA World Cup Final was won in penalty kicks by the Japanse and was a serious nail biter. This one was definitely fun to watch as well – seeing our women’s team kick some serious ass is always a grew time.
This 2015 team was also an historic one. Aside from Carli Lloyd setting the record for the three goals scored in the fastest time, the United States was only seconds away from beating longest shutout streak at 540 minutes, a record currently held by Germany’s 2007 team. USA’s streak ended when Japan scored in the 27th minute of the game last night.
This is all icing on the cake for this past holiday weekend. Nothing better than being able to say that the U.S. is on top again for the first time in 16 years. Now, let’s all hope that the men’s team will follow suit in the 2018 FIFA Men’s World Cup.
I think we can all agree that this was a great weekend to be an American. Here’s a shaky and grainy video of Tina Fey that represents how we are all feeling after a weekend like this: