U.S. women conquer the w-o-r-l-d!

July 7, 2019

 

After weeks of uproar over its sportsmanship and elaborate goal celebrations, the United States women’s soccer team has won its fourth World Cup with a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands in Lyon, France.

‘We’re crazy,’ captain Megan Rapinoe told Fox after the U.S. won its second consecutive World Cup title. ‘That’s what makes us special.

‘It’s unbelievable. Just to know all of the people in our group that put in so much work, obviously the players – we have all our friends and family here – it’s surreal.’

According to Fox Sports, New York will host a parade for the four-time champs on Wednesday morning

WORLD CUP WINNERS:

5-time winners  Brazil (men)

4 – Germany (men), Italy (men), United States (women)*

2 – Argentina (men), Uruguay (men), France (men), Germany (women)

1 – England (men), Spain (men), Japan (women), Norway (women)

* – The U.S. women won their fourth World Cup with a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands in Lyon, France

Following a scoreless first half, Rapinoe scored a penalty kick in the 61st minute and Rose LaValle added a goal of her own in the 69th minute.

The first goal came about after referee Stephanie Frappart awarded a penalty following a video review showed that defender Stefanie van der Gragt made a high challenge on American striker Alex Morgan.

Rapinoe, who was returning from a hamstring injury, confidently struck the spot-kick down the middle and past a static Sari van Veenendaal, who seemed to anticipate Rapinoe would shoot to the side and was wrong-footed.

And just as she did in the quarterfinal win over France, Rapinoe struck a dramatic pose after the goal, raising one arm like a ballerina.

It was Rapinoe’s sixth goal, tying her with Morgan and England’s Ellen White at the top of the scoring charts.

With the goal, Rapinoe won the Golden Boot and raised her arms in her by-now familiar victory pose when she collected it.

Fans, many dressed in red, white and blue, chanted ‘Equal Pay!’ at the final whistle, a reminder players sued the U.S. Soccer Federation in March claiming gender discrimination.

The Americans never trailed in the tournament and set records with 26 goals and a 12-game World Cup winning streak dating to 2015. U.S. coach Jill Ellis became the first coach to lead a team to two Women’s World Cup titles, and the U.S. joined Germany in 2003 and 2007 as the only repeat champions.

With confidence and brashness that some called even arrogant – triggering a backlash that the angry response was sexist – this American team established a standard of excellence that will be a goal for other U.S. teams and the rest of the world to match. Former American players joined the current generation on the field for the postgame celebration.

United States' Megan Rapinoe holds the trophy celebrating at the end of the Women's World Cup final
United States’ Megan Rapinoe holds the trophy celebrating at the end of the Women’s World Cup final

Megan Rapinoe thanks the fans after scoring the U.S. soccer team's 2-0 win over the Netherlands in the World Cup final on Sunday in Lyon
Megan Rapinoe thanks the fans after scoring the U.S. soccer team’s 2-0 win over the Netherlands in the World Cup final on Sunday in Lyon

Rapinoe embraces longtime teammate Alex Morgan
Rapinoe embraces longtime teammate Alex Morgan

After weeks of uproar over its sportsmanship and elaborate goal celebrations, the United States women's soccer team has won its fourth World Cup with a 2-0 win over the Netherlands in Lyon, France. 'We're crazy,' captain Megan Rapinoe said after the U.S. won its second consecutive World Cup title. 'That's what makes us special'
After weeks of uproar over its sportsmanship and elaborate goal celebrations, the United States women’s soccer team has won its fourth World Cup with a 2-0 win over the Netherlands in Lyon, France. ‘We’re crazy,’ captain Megan Rapinoe said after the U.S. won its second consecutive World Cup title. ‘That’s what makes us special’

United States players gather after winning the Women's World Cup final in Lyon, France on Sunday
United States players gather after winning the Women’s World Cup final in Lyon, France on Sunday

The United States national women's soccer team has won its fourth World Cup with a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands
The United States national women’s soccer team has won its fourth World Cup with a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands

United States women's soccer captain Megan Rapinoe (left) embraces star forward Alex Morgan (right) after the win
United States women’s soccer captain Megan Rapinoe (left) embraces star forward Alex Morgan (right) after the win

United States' forward Megan Rapinoe poses with the Golden Ball next to United States' midfielder Rose Lavelle with the Silver Ball after the France 2019 Womens World Cup football final match between USA and the Netherlands
United States’ forward Megan Rapinoe poses with the Golden Ball next to United States’ midfielder Rose Lavelle with the Silver Ball after the France 2019 Womens World Cup football final match between USA and the Netherlands

United States women's soccer team captain Megan Rapioe celebrates her third World Cup title. She also has a gold medal
United States women’s soccer team captain Megan Rapioe celebrates her third World Cup title. She also has a gold medal

The United States women's soccer teams celebrates its fourth World Cup title with a win over the Netherlands
The United States women’s soccer teams celebrates its fourth World Cup title with a win over the Netherlands

‘This is just an amazing group of players,’ said coach Jill Ellis, ‘but an even better group of people, just fantastic resilience, just chemistry.’

After the game Rapinoe, who turned 34 on Friday, wished her brother Brian a ‘Happy Birthday.’ Rapinoe has talked openly about her brother’s addiction problems. He currently resides at the San Diego’s Male Community Reentry Program, which is a rehabilitative program that will allow Brian to stay out of prison while he finishes a sentence on drug offenses.

Sunday marked the first time in the tournament that the U.S. women entered halftime without the lead – and not because they didn’t have their chances.

Dutch goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal was the unquestioned star of the first 45 minutes, making four difficult saves and shutting down several American scoring opportunities.

The heavily-favored Americans previously scored in the first 12 minutes of every other tournament game. Sunday also marked only the second time in the tournament that the U.S. entered halftime without the lead.

The U.S. nearly scored off a corner kick in the 27th minute as the ball bounced to midfielder Julie Ertz, whose rife shot was saved easily by Van Veenendaal.

The Americans would go on for another half dozen, or so, scoring chances, but failed to convert with Van Veenendaal and the Dutch defense stifling the U.S. attack in the first half.

For her goal, LaVelle collected the ball some 30 meters out, advanced to the penalty area and skipped past defender Stefanie van der Gragt before planting a low shot past goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal.

‘I am so proud of her,’ Rapinoe said. ‘She’s a superstar.’

She was mobbed as she dived into the arms of her teammates as she sprinted to the U.S. bench to celebrate.

Lavelle, at 24 the team’s up-and-coming star, added a goal on an 18-foot left-footed shot in the 69th after a solo run up the center of the field.

In only their second world cup, the Dutch women reached the final, where they lost 2-0 to the reigning champion Americans
In only their second world cup, the Dutch women reached the final, where they lost 2-0 to the reigning champion Americans

In a repeat of an earlier celebration, United States captain Megan Rapinoe strikes a dramatic pose after scoring a penalty kick
In a repeat of an earlier celebration, United States captain Megan Rapinoe strikes a dramatic pose after scoring a penalty kick

The now four-time champion Americans have been called brash and over-confident throughout this World Cup, starting with their 13-0 win over Thailand when they were criticized for celebrating every goal.

Veteran Carli Lloyd poked fun at the pearl-clutching during the team’s 3-0 win over Chile by celebrating one of her two scores with a sarcastic golf clap.

But while that the Americans did score 10 fewer goals against the Chileans, the reality was the game was primarily played by backups, prompting defender Ali Krieger to boast that the U.S. has ‘the best team and the second-best team in the world.’

The U.S. shutout of nemesis Sweden and the subsequent 2-1 knockout stage wins over Spain and France only supported Krieger’s claim.

Megan Rapinoe celebrates another World Cup title
Megan Rapinoe celebrates another World Cup title

The issue of American arrogance came up before the semi-final against England as Lionesses coach Phil Neville discovered U.S. women’s team staffers scoping his team’s hotel.

A pair of U.S. staffers visited the Fourvière Hotel, which is close to the old town, while England was out at a practice.

The England-born U.S. coach Jill Ellis insisted it was a sign of good preparation rather than arrogance, because the Americans were considering using that hotel if the advanced to the final, which they did.

But Neville claimed it was bad etiquette to scout the hotel before winning the semi-final.

‘It’s important that our team has confidence,’ Ellis said. ‘I don’t think in any way this is an arrogant team.’

Then, when the Americans did beat England in the semi-final, forward Alex Morgan was criticized for celebrating the go-ahead goal by pretending to drink a cup of tea – something many saw as being disrespectful to the English.

However, nobody generated more controversy than Rapinoe.

The U.S. captain has made headlines off the field during the World Cup, most notably, when a previously recorded interview with Eight by Eight magazine showed her declaring she would not ‘go to the f***ing White House’ if the Americans win the tournament.

She has also refused to sing the national anthem before games after previously kneeling in protest in 2016. The U.S. Soccer federation has since implemented a rule requiring players to stand, and Rapinoe has complied.

Rapinoe did not sing the national anthem before Sunday’s game.

The self-described ‘walking protest’ to President Donald Trump has also made headlines on the field, where she scored five goals before sitting out the semi-final win over England with a hamstring injury. Rapinoe is expected to play against the Dutch.

‘I’m like a kid in the candy story right now,’ Rapinoe said. ‘This is the absolute best stage. I already feel more anxious and more nervous than in any of the other games.’

 

Rose Lavelle of the USA celebrates after scoring her team's second goal of the final against the Netherlands
Rose Lavelle of the USA celebrates after scoring her team’s second goal of the final against the Netherlands

United States soccer team captain Megan Rapinoe scores on a penalty kick in the second half of Sunday's final
United States soccer team captain Megan Rapinoe scores on a penalty kick in the second half of Sunday’s final

The United States women's soccer team celebrates Rose LaVelle's goal, which gave the Americans a 2-0 lead
The United States women’s soccer team celebrates Rose LaVelle’s goal, which gave the Americans a 2-0 lead

United States women's soccer team captain Megan Rapinoe celebrates after scoring a penalty in the 61st minute
United States women’s soccer team captain Megan Rapinoe celebrates after scoring a penalty in the 61st minute

Megan Rapinoe of the USA reacts during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Final match
Megan Rapinoe of the USA reacts during the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final match

Megan Rapinoe of the USA is challenged by Danielle Van De Donk of the Netherlands during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Final match between The United States of America and The Netherlands
Megan Rapinoe of the USA is challenged by Danielle Van De Donk of the Netherlands during the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final match between The United States of America and The Netherlands

American forward Alex Morgan is dropped to the turf by Dutch defender Dominique Bloodworth
American forward Alex Morgan is dropped to the turf by Dutch defender Dominique Bloodworth

Tobin Heath takes a shot for the United States during the second half of Sunday's final against the Netherlands
Tobin Heath takes a shot for the United States during the second half of Sunday’s final against the Netherlands

United States captain Megan Rapinoe questions the officials over a perceived missed call in the World Cup final
United States captain Megan Rapinoe questions the officials over a perceived missed call in the World Cup final

Samantha Mewis of the United States out-jumps Lieke Martens of Netherlandsfor a header during the first half
Samantha Mewis of the United States out-jumps Lieke Martens of Netherlandsfor a header during the first half

Abby Dahlkemper of the USA is challenged by Lineth Beerensteyn of the Netherlands
Abby Dahlkemper of the USA is challenged by Lineth Beerensteyn of the Netherlands

Sari van Veenendaal of Netherlands makes a save on a shot from Tobin Heath in the World Cup final
Sari van Veenendaal of Netherlands makes a save on a shot from Tobin Heath in the World Cup final

United States defensive midfielder Crystal Dunn, left, is challenged by Netherlands' Lineth Beerensteyn
United States defensive midfielder Crystal Dunn, left, is challenged by Netherlands’ Lineth Beerensteyn

Netherlands' Danielle Van De Donk vies for the ball with United States' Samantha Mewis, left, during the Women's World Cup final soccer match between US and The Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France, Sunday
Netherlands’ Danielle Van De Donk vies for the ball with United States’ Samantha Mewis, left, during the Women’s World Cup final soccer match between US and The Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France, Sunday

Alex Morgan of the USA looks on prior to the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Final
Alex Morgan of the USA looks on prior to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final

United States' goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher (C) shouts are her defenders during the France 2019 World Cup final
United States’ goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher (C) shouts are her defenders during the France 2019 World Cup final

Megan Rapinoe (right) has also refused to sing the national anthem before games after previously kneeling in protest in 2016. The U.S. Soccer federation has since implemented a rule requiring players to stand, and Rapinoe has complied. She did not sing the national anthem before Sunday's game
Megan Rapinoe (right) has also refused to sing the national anthem before games after previously kneeling in protest in 2016. The U.S. Soccer federation has since implemented a rule requiring players to stand, and Rapinoe has complied. She did not sing the national anthem before Sunday’s game

Netherlands' Vivianne Miedema, right, talks to the referee as she shows a yellow card to teammate  Sherida Spitse
Netherlands’ Vivianne Miedema, right, talks to the referee as she shows a yellow card to teammate  Sherida Spitse

French President Emmanuel Macron in the stands with Paris Saint-Germain player Kylian Mbappe before the match
French President Emmanuel Macron in the stands with Paris Saint-Germain player Kylian Mbappe before the match

Megan Rapinoe stretches before Sunday's World Cup final against the Netherlands. She missed the semi-final win over England with a hamstring strain, but is expected to be ready for action in Lyon on Sunday
Megan Rapinoe stretches before Sunday’s World Cup final against the Netherlands. She missed the semi-final win over England with a hamstring strain, but is expected to be ready for action in Lyon on Sunday

Netherlands' Lineth Beerensteyn, left, is challenged by United States' Kelley O Hara during the Women's World Cup final soccer match between US and The Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon in Decines
Netherlands’ Lineth Beerensteyn, left, is challenged by United States’ Kelley O Hara during the Women’s World Cup final soccer match between US and The Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon in Decines

Christen Press scored a goal in place of injured Megan Rapinoe in the semi-final win over England
Christen Press scored a goal in place of injured Megan Rapinoe in the semi-final win over England

General view of Netherlands fans with a banner in the stands before the match
General view of Netherlands fans with a banner in the stands before the match

United States fans cheer on the stands before the start of the Women's World Cup final soccer match between US and The Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France
United States fans cheer on the stands before the start of the Women’s World Cup final soccer match between US and The Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France

American soccer fans show their support for the U.S. team as it prepares to face the Netherlands in the World Cup final
American soccer fans show their support for the U.S. team as it prepares to face the Netherlands in the World Cup final

Supporters of the United States wait for the start of the Women's World Cup final against the Netherlands in Lyon
Supporters of the United States wait for the start of the Women’s World Cup final against the Netherlands in Lyon

U.S. captain Megan Rapinoe has made headlines off the field during the World Cup, most notably, when a previously recorded interview showed her declaring she would not 'go to the f***ing White House' if the Americans win the tournament. However, the self-described 'walking protest' to President Donald Trump has also made headlines on the field, where she scored five goals before sitting out the semi-final win over England with a hamstring injury. Rapinoe is expected to play against the Dutch
U.S. captain Megan Rapinoe has made headlines off the field during the World Cup, most notably, when a previously recorded interview showed her declaring she would not ‘go to the f***ing White House’ if the Americans win the tournament. However, the self-described ‘walking protest’ to President Donald Trump has also made headlines on the field, where she scored five goals before sitting out the semi-final win over England with a hamstring injury. Rapinoe is expected to play against the Dutch

The issue of gender wage discrimination has hung over the 20109 World Cup as the three-time champion United States women are demanding to be paid equally with their male counterparts
The issue of gender wage discrimination has hung over the 2019 World Cup as the three-time champion United States women are demanding to be paid equally with their male counterparts

Lady Liberty is a popular costume among United States national women's soccer team fans
Lady Liberty is a popular costume among United States national women’s soccer team fans

United States soccer fans have swarmed Lyon, France in anticipation of Sunday's World Cup final against the Netherlands
United States soccer fans have swarmed Lyon, France in anticipation of Sunday’s World Cup final against the Netherlands

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