US Women's Soccer Team Defeats Japan in World Cup Win

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On Independence Day, many Americans celebrated our nation's birthday by attending cookouts with family and friends and watching fireworks, but on Sunday, the US women's national soccer team put on a dazzling display of their own in Canada when they beat Japan 5-2 to win their third World Cup. The amazing victory marks the team's first World Cup championship since 1999.

Within the first few minutes of the game, it became apparent that the US team was on a major butt-kicking mission. In a blink-and-you'll-miss-it move, midfielder Carli Lloyd set the record for quickest goal in a women's World Cup final. As the competition progressed, Carli continued to be on fiyah, her scoring streak netting her three goals in the first 16 minutes of the match. Her efforts earned her the Golden Ball honor, which basically means she's the MVP of the World Cup.

Clearly, the women's soccer team represented well on behalf of the country, but that's not the only cause for celebration. In 2015, the Women's World Cup went from 16 to 24 teams.

Finally, in a moment that will likely go down as a timely example of progression, Abby Wambach eagerly made her way to the stands to plant a celebratory kiss on her wife Sarah Huffman.


And the crowd goes wild!

Congrats, Team USA!
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