U.S. Women’s National Team wins fourth World Cup title after victory over the Netherlands on Sunday
The U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) won its fourth World Cup title Sunday, the most among any nation, after a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands in Lyon, France. The World Cup title, the second in a row for the Women’s squad, was followed by the raising of the World Cup trophy in “a cloud of gold and blue confetti” by Carli Lloyd, the 36-year-old who starred in the 2015 championship run in Canada (New York Times, 2019). ~
The championship is the fourth for the women’s squad, winning the first women’s World Cup in China in 1991, the third on home soil in 1999, and the seventh in Canada in 2015. The USWNT has not lost a World Cup match since the World Cup final in 2011. ~
The Netherlands was the USWNT’s toughest match of the tournament. The U.S. was kept scoreless in the first half, but finally broke through the tough Dutch defense after Megan Rapinoe scored in the 61st minute on a penalty kick. Rapinoe’s goal was quickly followed by a driving run up the center by Rose Lavelle, sealing the victory for the Americans in the 69th minute. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Netherlands squad is the first team to survive more than fifteen minutes without giving up a goal to the USWNT, and were able to keep them scoreless through the first period and into the second half. ~
According to the New York Times, parade and celebration plans to celebrate the World Cup championship are already underway in New York for the coming week. Megan Rapinoe, the USWNT’s biggest star and winner of the Golden Ball and Golden Boot awards, has been using her stardom as a platform to fight U.S. soccer and the game’s world governing body for equal compensation. As Rapinoe won her awards during the post-World Cup awards ceremony, she was showered with chants from the stands yelling, “Equal pay! Equal pay!” ~
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