United States wins fourth Women's World Cup title


The FIFA Women's World Cup final is scheduled to be played at Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Lyon. The Americans defeated Japan in 2015, avenging defeat from the same team in 2011. When the final whistle blew on July 7, the Americans basked in the triumph of their victory over the Netherlands with a score of 2-0.

The striker scored five goals in the record 13-0 win over Thailand with which the U.S. began their defence of the trophy, but it is Megan Rapinoe who has been the big star of the tournament. Australia's Sam Kerr, Brazil's Cristiane and Wendie Renard from France all grabbed five goals in the tournament.

She also took the opportunity to criticise the gap in prize money between the women's and men's World Cup.

Some couldn't resist referring back to Alex Morgan's tea-sipping goal celebration against England last week.

Trump responded in a series of tweets, saying he would be inviting the team win or lose, while Ali Krieger stood by her teammate's decision and joined her in her protest.

The U.S. advanced to its fifth tournament final overall with a 2-1 semifinal victory over England.

Rapinoe has said that she should be fit in time to make coach Jill Ellis' starting line-up for the game in Lyon, as the US aim to win a fourth World Cup in eight editions.

The Netherlands won Group E, defeating Cameroon, New Zealand and Canada on their way to the knockout stage.

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The Dutch, who claimed the European title in 2017, had qualified for the World Cup on just one previous occasion before this year's tournament, described as "phenomenal, emotional, passionate and fantastic" by FIFA President Gianni Infantino. "But what I love about this group is they're locked in and they're still hungry", U.S. Coach Jill Ellis said.

But in a twist, no sooner had Palkot begun than chants of "f*ck Trump" were started by fans in the background. On July 3, they took on Sweden in a matchup that went scoreless for almost 100 minutes. And Lavelle, if you were putting odds on the 2023 Golden Ball race, would surely be the early favorite. "As people who work in football, play in football, that is a awful idea to put everything on the same day", Rapinoe said at a press conference broadcast by FIFA's website.

Rapinoe took the Golden Boot, though, with ties settled by assists and then minutes per goal. Goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal was outstanding, brilliantly thwarting Julie Ertz, Sam Mewis and Alex Morgan - twice - in the first half.

Thank you. You must be stuck like glue on this, but, you know, you've played in three World Cups, including one of the wins for the USA team in 1999.

The USA have now won the tournament a total of four times.

Overall, the US haven't lost a match since losing to France, 3-1, in an global friendly in January. Both times during the SheBelieves Cup.

Those questions were drowned out after the first match against Thailand - in which the Americans won 13-0.

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 exceeded the American champions of 1991, 1999 and 2015, becoming a goal for other USA teams and the rest of the world to match.