The U.S. Women's soccer team smashed Japan 5-2 on Sunday, bringing home the nation’s third Women’s World Cup title. Not only did team USA win three times, but America is the first country to win three times! What a way to celebrate America’s birthday! This is the first time America has brought home a trophy since their match against China in 1999.
The game took place in Vancouver, British Columbia, and the U.S. quickly opened the the lead to 4-0 gap inside the game’s first 16 minutes; thanks to U.S. team captain and star midfielder, Carli Lloyd. 3 of those 4 goals came from U.S. team captain beginning with an astounding hat trick and the rest was history - literally. She is the first woman to ever score a hat trick in a World Cup final, and it was also the fastest hat trick ever scored in either women's or men's World Cup history. She set the Women's World Cup record with her three goals in the first 16 minutes of the game. Plus she also broke the record for the faster player to ever score a goal. At halftime, the U.S. only gave Japan one additional goal for an intense, dominant game. The U.S. broke the record for the highest-scoring Women's World Cup final of all time, as well.