The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final between Japan and the United States proved to be a match-up for the ages with 90 minute of nail-biting, scream-at-your-television play. Despite being labeled an underdog entering the World Cup semi-finals, the United States Women’s Soccer team overcame the odds in the finals and defeated Japan 5-2 for the 2015 Women’s World Cup title.
After a devastating loss to Japan in the 2011 World Cup Final, Team USA entered this year’s Cup with championship hopes and in search of vengeance. At BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, Canada, on Sunday July 5th, the United States not only won their first World Cup since 1999, but completely dominated the final in doing so. While the entire team skillfully controlled the field and ran all over Japan’s defense, U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd stole the game just 5 minutes into the game with two early goals. Team USA’s Lauren Holiday furthered the lead with a goal at 14 minutes in and brought the score to 3-0. Lloyd followed up on Holiday’s goal two minutes later with an epic hat trick. With nearly 75 minutes of play remaining, the World Cup pretty much belonged to the United States. Although Japan was able to get on the scoreboard with two goals, it wasn’t nearly enough to overcome such an unforgiving United States team and Tobin Keith scored in the 54th to seal the win at a score of 5-2. While reveling in their victory, the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team was crowned champion while Carli Lloyd was voted the Golden ball as player of the tournament and Hope Solo won the Golden Glove as the best goal keeper of the tournament.
The United States Women’s National Team has reached the semifinals since the inception of the Women’s World Cup in 1991 and is now the most decorated women’s soccer team in sports history. Winning the 2015 Women’s World Cup victory marked Team USA’s first World Cup title in over 15 years and third overall. American player Carli Lloyd also made soccer history in a game that will be remembered forever, as the first American since 1991 to score multiple goals in a World Cup final and her hat trick was the fastest in World Cup History (men’s and women’s).
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