The USA women’s soccer team has taken the World Cup, for the third time in history, the first team to do so. Over 50,000 fans were watching at the stadium as they played Japan, a sellout crowd that included Vice-President Joe Biden. The internet has exploded in congratulations and excitement for these amazing athletes for their 5-2 win.
The United States Women’s National Soccer Team, or USWNST, represents the USA all over the world in soccer competitions. The sport has grown from 16 to 24 teams in the last 24 years, teams all over the globe.
Cali LLoyd scored three goals during a game, including a hat trick and a 50-yard goal, winning the Golden Ball as the World Cup’s most outstanding player. Hope Solo won the best goalie award, she is the anchor of a strong defensive team.
Women’s soccer is a sport that has been steadily growing in popularity and team numbers for many years, and their staunch athleticism has helped the world see them as world-class athletes, not just pretty girls playing a game.
The US won the inaugural 1991 cup, again in 1999, and now in 2015. Coach Jill Ellis has had a vision for her team, a vision that allows them to grow and change as players, to capitalize on strengths, and minimize weaknesses. Her strategy has obviously worked, her team has a ton of individual talent and works well as a team.
Abby Wambach is a fantastic team asset, she is the international leading scorer with 183 goals, yet this is her first World Cup championship. Christie Rampone is still playing, she helped the team win in 1999, an amazing achievement.
The team includes Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, Sydney Leroux, Hope Solo, Christie Rampone, Megan Rapinoe, Christen Press, Morgan Brian, Julie Johnston, Amy Rodriguez, Ali Krieger, Tobin Heath, Heather O’Reilly, Kelly O’Hara, Lauren Holiday, Meghan Klingenberg, Becky Sauerbrunn, Shannon Boxx, Ashlyn Harris, Whitney Engen, Lori Chalupny, and Alyssa Naeher. No matter what paths these women take in the future, this week they made history, and as a country, we could not be more proud. Go USA!