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:
ABBY WAMBACH KISSING HER WIFE, A UNION NOW RECOGNIZED THROUGHOUT THE USA, IS A PRETTY NICE ENDING TO THIS WORLD CUP https://t.co/1nfhQxGY38
— Ellie Hall (@ellievhall) July 6, 2015
— Cole Ledford (@ColeLedford11) July 6, 2015
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:
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) July 6, 2015
The U.S. team celebrating the fact that they’re the first team to win the Women’s World Cup three times:
— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 6, 2015
Joe Biden and his grandchildren are cheering on the U.S. team from the sideline:
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) July 6, 2015
— Slate (@Slate) July 6, 2015
Beyonce enjoyed the game from home:
Tom Hanks proposes a proper way to celebrate this historic win:
Rosa Parks on the 20$ bill. Abby Wambach on the 10. Issue 3$ bills with Carli Lloyd. Hanx.
— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) July 6, 2015
President Obama is proud too, invites the team over to the White House (Carli Lloyd already accepted his invitation):
What a win for Team USA! Great game @CarliLloyd! Your country is so proud of all of you. Come visit the White House with the World Cup soon.
— President Obama (@POTUS44) July 6, 2015
Thank you Mr. President! See you very soon at the White House!! https://t.co/B5haZJd1cA
— Carli Lloyd (@CarliLloyd) July 6, 2015
And a final celebration in the dressing room:
Highlights of the game: