Leone had been a stand out player on the North Texas Sting Soccer Club in her youth.
“There’s not many times I’ve tried to hit a ball from midfield at goal and I don’t’ think I could have struck it any (more perfect). Awesome!”
It added that the midfielder really believed that her team can make it versus the toughest opponents. “It was incredible. This is surely the peak of my career”.
Pia Sundhage left as coach in 2012 after a pair of Olympic titles to coach her native Sweden and was replaced by Tom Sermanni, who took over at the start of 2013.
Despite struggles along the way, Lloyd said the team leaves a legacy with a positive message for young players.
“[I’ve] barely been able to get through text messages and some of the social media stuff”, she said. Her second and third ones came before the timer had reached 16:00:00.
The United States beat Japan 5-2 in the final thanks to a hat-trick inside the first 16 minutes from Carli Lloyd.
Just a few minutes later, Lauren Holiday brought the score up to 3-0.
But two minutes later Tobin Heath got a fifth in past goalie Ayumi Kaihori in what was the highest-ever scoring women’s World Cup final.
The forward, who has scored a record 183 goals in 248 global appearances, said at the outset of the tournament that this would be her last World Cup.
Had it not been for Lloyd’s first-half flurry it may have been a different story for the U.S. In London she scored 2 goals and today she scored 3 goals.
Team mate Alex Morgan said she sat down with the celebrated striker after the game, sharing an emotional moment with the woman she calls “the glue” of the team. In fact, with Sunday’s hat trick, she tied Celia Sasic of Germany for most goals (6) in this year’s tournament. Michelle Akers and Carin Jennings Gabarra both accomplished the feat in the 1991 tournament.
Ogimi’s goal was the first Solo allowed after five straight shutouts.
This year’s World Cup was a testimony to the progress that has been made through the efforts of the LGBT sports movement. Usually Federation Internationale de Football Association Women’s World Cup soccer finals have always been low scoring matches and people were expecting the same for last night’s United States of America vs. Japan match.