USA and Japan came face-to-face in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final on July 5, and there could only be one winner. Congratulations to USA for winning the World Cup trophy in an intense match between two incredible teams!
They are the world champions! USA achieved legendary status by beating Japan in an epic FIFA Women’s World Cup battle. With a score of 5-2, USA showed they were a force to be reckoned with and were the deserved winners of the night at the BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, Canada in front of 60,000 fans. Way to go, USA!
The USA started the match on fire and struck first after just 3 minutes through an on-rushing Carli Lloyd, 32, who swept home a low corner by Megan Rapinoe, 30. Two minutes later, USA were 2-up from another corner, after some disastrous defending from Japan allowed Lloyd again to tap home again unmarked. USA’s dream start continued in the 14th minute when Lauren Holiday, 27, scored with a volley after a poor headed clearance by Japan’s Azusa Iwashimizu, 28. USA were relentless and it was that girl again, Lloyd with a goal of a lifetime. Picking the ball up inside her own half, Lloyd launched a shot from 50 yards over the head of goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori, 28. It was an astonishing way for Lloyd to complete her hat-trick. Watch below! And that was only 16 minutes in!
However, Japan weren’t down yet. They attempted to stage a plucky comeback, and pulled one goal back through Yuki Ogimi, 27, who tidily finished past Hope Solo, 33, in the American goal. Then, shortly after half-time on 52 minutes, Japan scored again through an own goal by Julie Johnston, 23, who diverted a cross off her head past Solo.
But the USA regained their 3-goal cushion just two minutes later thanks to Tobin Heath, 27, from another corner that Japan didn’t defend properly. At the back post Morgan Brian, 22, squared the ball back to Heath who slotted the ball home from 10 yards.
Sunday’s match-up was the second time USA and Japan have met in a FIFA Women’s World Cup final. However, that 2011 match was a game the Americans want to forget after going down 3-1 in a penalty shootout following a 2-2 draw after extra time.
USA Women’s Soccer Team Plagued By Domestic Violence Scandal
Despite getting to the finals, the USA women’s soccer team has been dogged by controversy, specifically involving one of its star players, Hope Solo.
The experienced goalkeeper’s position on the team was called into question after she was caught up in a domestic violence scandal. Back in June 2014, Hope was arrested after she allegedly hit her sister and teenage nephew at her Kirkland, Washington home. When new police documents pertaining to this arrest were released right before the U.S. team’s World Cup campaign began last month, we learned that Hope allegedly lashed out at cops and told one, “You’re such a bitch.” She yelled profanities and demanded to be referred to as “Mrs. Stevens,” as she’s married to ex-NFL star Jerramy Stevens.
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— Jon Boon