Announcing their third world cup victory in a joyous uproar, Team USA routed the Japanese to clinch a 5-2 victory at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup soccer championship held in Vancouver, Canada.
Riding high on the brilliant hat trick from Carli Lloyd, Team USA took the lead in the first half with a 4-0 play and defended it comfortably as they defeated the defending World Cup champion Japan in a rematch of the 2011 final which had ended in a penalty shootout. It was a proud moment for the team as they washed over the 2003 and 2007 debacles where they lost in the semis and finally took back the cup after 16 long years.
Raising the trophy together were Abby Wambach and Christie Rampone, the last remaining players from the United States’ Women’s World Cup-winning team of 1999. Wambach has already confirmed that this is her last Women’s World Cup. Golden Ball winner Carli Lloyd whose 3-minute hat trick pushed the team to victory praised both Wambach and Rampone, “They were the pioneers. Now it’s up to us to keep the tradition going, and in four years’ time we want to be world champions again.”
Altogether it was a stunning performance, exciting and electrifying, which served to water down the recent troubles of the FIFA governing body which has been rocked by corruption scandals and accusations. Talking about the historic win, Tatjana Haenni, the FIFA deputy director of the competitions division and head of women’s soccer said, “We always say that every women’s World Cup is special and another milestone in the development of women’s soccer and I truly believe that this seventh edition of FIFA women’s World Cup Canada has made history in many ways.”
Embattled FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who chose to stay away due to corruption probes by U.S. and Swiss authorities, tweeted, “A #FIFAWWC hat-trick for the #USA. Congratulations on becoming the 1st team to win 3 Women’s World Cups @ussoccer_wnt.”
Despite the turbulence, American goalkeeper Hope Solo spoke of the team’s burning hope in the face of adversity, “I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but I didn’t have any doubt. We didn’t sit back and think it was our destiny and that it was going to come to us. It’s been heart-breaking at times, it’s been emotional, it’s been a struggle, but we never took our eyes off the prize, not four years ago, not 16 years ago.”