The U.S. overwhelms Japan in incredible World Cup final win

For the first time since 1999, the U.S. doesn’t have to hear about comparisons, pressure to win or how it came this close four years ago. Finally, this group of 2015ers can bathe in gold confetti and hoist its own World Cup trophy after beating Japan 5-2 in Sunday’s historic final at BC Place.

The U.S. came out furiously fast, scoring four goals in 16 minutes, three from captain Carli Lloyd. Before this match, the Americans had only scored two first-half goals all tournament.

But something was different Sunday. Yes, the U.S. had momentum from an emotional semifinal victory over Germany last week, but it was like a special switch had been ignited for the final. Perhaps it was thoughts of losing to Japan four years ago in penalty kicks, not having won a World Cup in 16 years, or players’ upcoming retirements.
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