U.S. soccer dominates Japan in 5-2 World Cup Final win

Four years after losing to Japan in the World Cup Final, the U.S. team gets its paybacks

USA forward Abby Wambach (20) and teammates their victory in the final football match between USA and Japan during the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup at the BC Place Stadium in Vancouver on July 5, 2015. USA won 5-2. FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images

U.S.A! U.S.A! U.S.A!  On Sunday night, the U.S. Women’s soccer team won its third World Cup title (and its first since 1999) in what probably was one of the greatest World Cup performances in history. Carli Lloyd, the 32-year old midfielder from New Jersey and a deciding force for the U.S. all throughout this tournament, once again proved herself indispensable with a dazzling hat-trick over the span of 15 minutes, the first ever hat-trick in a World Cup Final, according to FOX Sports.

Lloyd’s third goal was particularly spectacular — coming from just past the halfway line and leaving Japan’s goalkeeper grasping at air. The score left the U.S. team with a very comfortable 4-0 lead before halftime. A complete humiliation for Japan seemed almost inevitable, but it managed to mount a little comeback making it as close as 4-2, before a corner kick and an easy finish by Tobin Heath put the icing on the cake of the 5-2 victory. Japan and the U.S. squared off in the 2011 World Cup Final — a game in which Japan emerged victorious.

It was an all-around overpowering performance from the U.S. team, in a World Cup final full of indelible moments. We’ve gathered a few of the best moments and reactions on social media.

That third, spectacular goal from midfield by Carli Lloyd. Debates on whether this is the greatest goal in a World Cup final, ever, can start now:

The team’s most vigorous and patriotic supporter: EAGLE WOMAN!

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Amy Wambach, the 35-year old team captain who played her fourth and probably final World cup, running up to kiss her wife after their victory was a particularly sweet and symbolic moment now that same-sex marriage is recognized across the country:

Another incredible moment when two true veterans, Christie Rampone (the only remaining member of the team that won the 1999 World Cup) and Abby Wambach (the greatest international goal-scorer of all time, who had never won a World Cup) lift the trophy together:

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Hope Solo receives the Golden Glove for being the tournament’s (i.e. the world’s) best goalkeeper:

The U.S. team celebrating the fact that they’re the first team to win the Women’s World Cup three times:

Joe Biden and his grandchildren are cheering on the U.S. team from the sideline:

Beyonce enjoyed the game from home:


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Tom Hanks proposes a proper way to celebrate this historic win:

President Obama is proud too, invites the team over to the White House (Carli Lloyd already accepted his invitation):

And a final celebration in the dressing room:

Highlights of the game:

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