USWNT defeats Japan, 5-2, wins World Cup

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Carli Lloyd leads USWNT to Shock Japan With Four Goals In Sixteen Minutes, Win World Cup

In a remarkable contest, the U.S. defeated Japan, 5-2, to win its first World Cup since 1999. It was sweet revenge for the USWNT, which lost Japan in the 2011 final on penalty kicks, and Abby Wambach was able to cap her career with the one major title that had eluded her.

Carli Lloyd notched a hat trick just 16 minutes into the game, and her final goal, an eye-popping strike from midfield, actually gave the U.S. a 4-0 lead. Japan fought back and made the score 4-2 shortly into the second half,.  Tobin Heath iced things with a goal in the 54th minute.

In one of the most dominating cup final performances you will ever see, the United States came out and absolutely annihilated Japan in the Women’s World Cup final.  This is their record third World Cup title, and no one can say that they don’t deserve it after a performance like that.

The USWNT pressed relentlessly from the first whistle, scoring on their first two shots of the match, with Carli Lloyd coming up big in the third and sixth minutes. It was a stunning start and one that no one saw coming headed into this match. Most pundits felt that the U.S. would win, but that it would be a more tightly fought, much like when these two played in the 2011 final and Japan came out the victors on penalties.

That wasn’t going to be the case this year. The U.S. women were nowhere near done with those two goals. Lauren Holiday scored the United States’ third goal in the 14th minute, and just two minutes later Lloyd finished her hat trick with a stunning strike from 54 yards out. The utter and complete dominance of Japan was jaw-dropping and awe-inspiring, and before even 20 minutes had gone by the defending World Cup champions were left wondering what they could possibly do to get back into the match.

The USWNT decided that a mere two-goal lead wouldn’t do, and just two minutes later, Tobin Heath knocked in an incredible fifth goal for the U.S. by working the ball in off a set piece. Any hope Japan had of mounting a serious comeback all but died with that goal, though Japan kept on fighting and had several more dangerous attacks down the stretch of the second half.

In the end, Japan’s fight came up short despite their admirable quality. By the time USWNT legend Abby Wambach came on for a victory shift in the 78th minuted of her final World Cup, the match was all but over.

This was one of the most dominant performances you will ever see in this sport, and the fact that it came in a World Cup final makes it all the more impressive. The United States now have a third Women’s World Cup title — more than any other country in the history of the tournament — and became the highest-scoring team in the tournament’s history along the way, with 112 goals across all seven editions of the competition.

So congratulations, United States women’s national team. You’ve made history in so many ways with this match. These celebrations are so well earned and so well deserved. You are the World Cup champions once more.

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USWNT Showing Their Potential, Beat Germany 2-0

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Congratulations to the USWNT, who outplayed the world’s No. 1-ranked team during Women’s World Cup

The United States advanced to the World Cup final on Tuesday with its most impressive performance in recent memory, notching a 2-0 victory over a top-ranked German team that had steamrolled its way to the semifinals.

It took six games, but against Germany, the number one ranked team in the world, the USWNT finally showed how well they can play. They got a very big break from a blown call for their first goal, but the Americans played better throughout the match and deserved their victory.

From the beginning, Germany pressed the USWNT defenders very high up on the pitch, and created a couple of turnovers that led to decent goal scoring chances. But mostly the Americans dealt with the pressure just fine, and its bigger effect was creating a somewhat ragged, open game from end to end. As the half wore on, the USWNT seized control.

The Americans, who looked discordant in the early parts of the tournament, seem to be peaking at the perfect time. They looked harmonious and controlled play against the favored Germans for large stretches of the match at Olympic Stadium.

Carli Lloyd, who had scored in the team’s two previous wins, put her stamp on yet another night, scoring on a penalty kick in the 69th minute and providing the game-killing assist on Kelley O’Hara’s goal 15 minutes later.

The United States will find out its opponent on Wednesday, when Japan plays England in Edmonton.

The United States’ starting lineup contained a few surprises when it was revealed an hour before the game. Coach Jill Ellis, for the first time in this tournament, diverted from the straightforward 4-4-2 formation that she had preferred. She used Alex Morgan as her sole, true forward, and shifted Lloyd up from midfield into more of a withdrawn forward role.

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USWNT wins 2-0 over Colombia

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The USWNT have a World Cup quarterfinal date with China after they won over Colombia

The USWNT have failed to impress and for the fourth consecutive game, they’ve avoided defeat. While their fans will continue hoping to see more attacking ideas from the USWNT, their 2-0 win over Colombia in the Round of 16 was certainly deserved.

The United States advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup with a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Colombia on Monday night in Edmonton. It was a third win in four matches for the Americans, but once again the team will have major concerns about its midfield and attacking play.

In addition, progress came at a high cost. Megan Rapinoe and Lauren Holiday both drew their second yellow cards of the tournament and will be suspended in the quarterfinals, where the U.S. will play China on Friday in Ottawa.

That’s seriously bad news for the U.S. Rapinoe, a wide midfielder, has been the team’s best, most creative attacking player throughout the tournament.
Attacking as a team is something the U.S. simply has not done in this tournament. That was true again Monday night. By now, the pattern is so well worn that the major points could have been predicted before Monday’s game.

Build-up play looked disjointed. The midfield failed to fully connect. The flow of play between lines lacked cohesion. Too often the U.S. relied on long balls lumped up top rather than passing patiently and probing for weaknesses.

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U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Beat Nigeria 1-0, And Advance To Elimination Rounds

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The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team defeated Nigeria 1-0 on Tuesday in its third and final group stage match of FIFA’s Women’s World Cup.

The U.S. women’s soccer lone goal came in the 45th minute from Abby Wambach, who joined the starting lineup again after being relegated to the bench for the start of team’s last match.

The goal marked Wambach’s 14th career goal in the World Cup, tying for second all-time with Brigit Prinz of Germany, per U.S. Soccer. Marta still holds the record with 15 goals, one of which she scored during this year’s tournament. It is Wambach’s 183rd goal overall.

With the win, the U.S. heads into the Round of 16, at the top of their Group D with seven points, which, in addition to Nigeria, included Australia and Sweden. The U.S. beat Australia 3-1 and tied Sweden 0-0.

The 1-0 victory allowed the U.S. to win their group and advance into the elimination round, where they’ll face another group’s third-place team on Monday, followed by a possible matchup against Cameroon or China later next week.

The Americans dominated the match, taking twice as many shots as the Nigerians. Nigeria’s players who also received three yellow cards, including one to defender Sarah Nnodim. It was her second of the tournament, resulting in a red card and ejection.

In the other game in Group D, Australia tied Sweden, taking second place and advancing to face Brazil. Sweden ended in third place, but may still have another match, as four of the six third-place teams will move on. The loss to the U.S. eliminated Nigeria.

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