The United States are world champions once again!
Dominating from start to finish, the United States women’s soccer team (USWNT) claimed its fourth Women’s World Cup title on Sunday, beating the Netherlands, 2-0, in Lyon, France, to repeat as world champions.
Led by Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle, the USWNT scored two goals in the second half to pull away from a Netherlands team that was making its first World Cup appearance.
With the win, the USWNT captured its fourth World Cup title and marks the first time that the U.S. has won back-to-back titles.
— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) July 7, 2019
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— Christen Press (@ChristenPress) July 7, 2019
Throughout the tournament, the Netherlands defense has been outstanding as it came into Sunday’s championship game having allowed just three goals. That defense was matched up against a potent USWNT offense that came in having scored a goal in every World Cup game this year in under 15 minutes. While the Netherlands defense put a stop to USA’s streak, the defense couldn’t hold them off forever as the USWNT scored two goals in the second half.
Rapinoe broke the scoreless game in the 61st minute when she converted a penalty kick after Alex Morgan drew the foul after going down in the box. Lavelle then added an insurance goal in the 69th minute as she dribbled the ball down the middle of the field before unleashing a powerful left-footed kick that found the back of the net to put the United States up 2-0.
The Golden Boot
Rapinoe won the Golden Boot as the tournament’s top scorer as well as the Golden Ball as its top player. Alex Morgan took home the Silver Boot.
Most Goals In A Single Women’s World Cup
1) United States (2019) 26
2) Germany (2003) 25
3) United States (1991) 25
4) Norway (1995) 23
World Cup Longest Winning Streak
- 2015-19 USA (12)
2) 1995-99 Norway (10)
T-3rd) 2007-11 Germany (7)
T-3rd) 2003-07 Germany (7)
T-5th) 2019 Netherlands (6)
T-5th) 2015-2019 England (6)
Most FIFA Women’s World Cup Titles
1) USA (4)
2) Germany (2)
T-3rd) Japan (1)
T-3rd) Norway (1)