Last time the U.S. women’s national soccer team won was over 15 years ago on July 10, 1999. The USWNT beat China on penalty kicks to win the World Cup.
1 Decade, 5 years, 11 months, 3 weeks, and 5 days later the American women do it again. The USWNT with a remarkable 5-2 Win over Japan in Vancouver, Canada 2015 Women’s World Cup. The US Scored 4 goals in the first 16 minutes of the World Cup final. Carli Lloyd scored the third hat-trick goal from the half field line at 13 minutes. Carli Lloyd won the Gold Ball Award as the Women’s World Cup’s best player.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson took a break from working out to send a video he promised to Coach Jill Ellis. Dwayne says in his short video before the game, “This video is to let you know how much you inspired me. Not only have you inspired me, you guys have inspired an entire country through your passion, through your discipline, through your dedication, through your hard ass work and through from what I believe is one of the stingiest defenses in recorded history!”
Lloyd’s hat trick goal’s:
#1 – 3′ corner kick from Rapinoe
#2 – 5′ set deflected by Johnston
#3 – 16′ shot from mid-field
The score gets to be 4-2 early in the second half and things start to get a little serious, but US scores a goal in response from Toby Keith for the final 5 -2 score. The United States team was very well prepared. More so than the Japanese team. Jill Ellis outcoached the Japanese coach Norio Sasaki. Credit must be given to Japan for coming back in the game, not losing hope in the first half and showing pride they have demonstrated they were a solid team and a suitable competitor for the world championship. The US team wins their first world cup since 1999 and at last after waiting so long, Wambach gets to hold up the World Cup
USWNT shocked Japan with four goals within sixteen minutes to win the world cup. The USWNT 5-2 victory over Japan was beautiful, especially with Carli Lloyd’s innovative 60-yard lob to make it a 4-0, but this beautiful game was a disastrous moment for the Japan goalkeeper Kaihori as she is scored the fastest and second fastest goal in Women’s World Cup history. The USWNT game plan seemed to have a solid defense, Abby Wambach, and a direct team pass style of play. These three elements worked together to form a single brain with the focus on winning it all. The tactics of coach Jill Ellis were to change due to Rapinoe and Holiday’s absence. This adapted style worked well against the Chinese, it beat the Germans, and finally won the World Cup against the Japanese.
The tactic against Japan was a continuous high pressure in the first 15 minutes then the US team held back to recover for therein after. Japan instead of building and passing from the back they were forced to boot the ball as far forward as they could, where the Americans would win, recover, pass and attack. This led to corner kicks in the first few minutes, and the defense of the Japanese was not solid during this period which led to the 2 nil in the first 10 minutes.
Carli Lloyd played much closer to the goal than usual. More forward and attacking which led her to her 16 minute hat trick. Sixteen minutes in the game, four goals, any team would lose hope; however, Japan kept hope. Japan dropped Azua Iwashimizu after 33 minutes and brought the home hero Homare Sawa who was playing her sixth World Cup. With their good passing and solid first touch, Japan was able to penetrate and score twice against the United States defense that had let only one goal prior in the tournament.
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