Through the first 540 minutes of the tournament, the US never showed the performances that people expected. The each of the league’s nine teams plays 20 games this year – down from a normal 24 to let star players join Team US for the World Cup – with a schedule running through September 6.
The USA became the first team to win a championship for the third time as it routed defending champion Japan, 5-2, in the final in Vancouver, Canada on Sunday.
Lloyd capped off her hat-trick with an absurd 50-plus yard lob, catching Japanese goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori way off her line.
In the men’s World Cup final 2014 in Brazil, Argentinian Lionel Messi got to keep the Golden Ball despite his weak play during the finals. Coach Jill Ellis gave nothing away in her round-robin games with minimal tactical maneuvers and questionable lineups only to send a fine-tuned machine into the semifinals where they outplayed No. 1-seeded Germany all over the field before embarrassing the reigning champs on the world stage.
When the USA women won in 1999, it was hailed as a sign that Title IX had paid off. And yet, since Title IX came into being four decades ago, we’ve seen a massive displacement of women in the coaching And administrative posts. “To be honest, I couldn’t really have imagined things turning out better”. The Lionesses beat Germany in the third-place game. She has been a member of the national team since 2001, appearing in three previous Women’s World Cups before finally getting a victory this year. “Everyone wants to feel and act like a champion, and to help celebrate the fabulous women of the U.S”. There’s not much soccer in the US, as opposed to other countries, and if they keep winning like this, soccer will start to come up here, and it will be a lot better. One of the floats was carrying the World Cup trophy, along with tournament’s most valuable player, Carli Lloyd, and Mayor Bill de Blasio.
As impressive as the game was, so has been the response since it ended.
President Obama tweeted: ‘What a win for Team USA!
There is a reason that Sunday’s final was the most-watched soccer game in American history.
The true value of this World Cup victory won’t be known for another 16 years. We’ve seen the National Basteball Association create the WNBA with the successful intent of driving the women-controlled American Basketball League out of business, enabling the National Basteball Association to move women’s pro games out of season and pay the players less money, essentially ghettoizing the entire women’s sport.
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said Friday that he will offer a resolution next week calling on Federation Internationale de Football Association to pay female athletes the same as their male counterparts.