We’re seriously bursting with pride over here at ShimmerTeen headquarters.
The US women’s national soccer team defeated Japan 5-2 to steal a third title as champions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup on Sunday, the day after the Fourth of July. Within the first sixteen minutes of play, the US scored not once, not twice, but FOUR TIMES against Japan, the same team they fell to in penalty kicks during their last World Cup final appearance just four years ago.
Carli Lloyd was definitely the star of the show, earning the prestigious Golden Boot award after her three goals between minutes three and sixteen. Lauren Holiday and Tobin Heath scored the other two goals to seal the deal in the USA’s victory, shocking viewers across the world with their dazzling performances. Carli is the first player in World Cup history to score within the first three minutes and to score three goals, or a “hat trick,” in a final match. Before the game, she said “I visualized playing in the World Cup final and visualized scoring four goals. It sounds pretty funny, but that’s what it’s all about.” Although she fell just short of her goal (pun intended), we can’t say we’re disappointed with her seriously stellar achievements. Coach Jill Ellis says of Carli: “She’s unbelievable. She’s a rock star.” We couldn’t agree more.
When the final minute was up, there were tears of happiness and jumps for joy as the team came together on the field to celebrate. Superstars Alex Morgan and Hope Solo embraced all of their teammates and coaches in celebration of their first World Cup title. Abby Wambach and other team members ran to the sideline to find their loved ones, reminding us that winning the most prestigious title in women’s soccer and becoming international champions isn’t complete without your family by your side. And to cap it off? A confetti bath for all.
We couldn’t be prouder! Thank you, USWNT!