July 7, 2019

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U.S. Wins Record Fourth Womens World Cup Soccer Title

Dominating yet another opponent in yet another final, the United States women’s soccer team claimed its fourth Women’s World Cup title on Sunday, beating the Netherlands, 2-0, in Lyon, France, to repeat as world champions.

Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle scored second-half goals for the United States, which needed more than an hour to solve a tenacious Netherlands defense but eventually, rush after rush, found a way through. Rapinoe broke the dam with a penalty kick in the 61st minute, and Lavelle sealed the victory with a driving run up the center in the 69th.

“It’s surreal,” said Rapinoe, who was named the tournament’s outstanding player. “I don’t know how to feel. It’s ridiculous.”

Megan Rapinoe (May 2019) (cropped).jpg

Megan Rapinoe

It was the second straight World Cup title for a dozen of the American players, who claimed their first championship in Canada four years ago. It also cemented their status as the gold standard in women’s soccer, even as Europe — led by teams like the Netherlands — mounts a sustained assault on their crown.

“They put their heart and soul into this journey, and I can’t thank them enough,” United States Coach Jill Ellis, hoarse and on the verge of tears herself, said minutes after the game. Ellis became the first coach to win consecutive Women’s World Cup titles; her team has not lost a game in the event since 2011 (13-0-1), and will be favored to reclaim its Olympic championship next summer in Tokyo.

NY Times

List of the Day –

FIFA Wome’s World Cup Tournament Hosts and Results

EditionYearHostsChampionsScore and venue
11991  China
United States
2–1 
Tianhe StadiumGuangzhou

Norway
21995  Sweden
Norway
2–0 
Råsunda StadiumSolna

Germany
31999  United States
United States
0–0 (a.e.t.)
(5–4 p
Rose BowlPasadena

China PR
42003  United States
Germany
2–1 (a.e.t.
Home Depot CenterCarson

Sweden
52007  China
Germany
2–0 
Hongkou StadiumShanghai

Brazil
62011  Germany
Japan
2–2 (a.e.t.)
(3–1 p
Commerzbank-Arena,Frankfurt

United States
72015  Canada
United States
5–2 
BC PlaceVancouver

Japan
82019  France
United States
2–0
Parc Olympique Lyonnais,Lyon

Netherlands

(Wikipedia)

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