The U.S. scored 26 goals in this tournament to break the Women’s World Cup record and they also became the first back-to-back winner since Germany in 2003 and 2007. USA now has four World Cup trophies (1991, 1999, 2015, 2019).
The Netherlands had not trailed coming into Sunday’s match and they played the U.S. to a scoreless draw at halftime, which marked the first time in this year’s World Cup that the USWNT had not taken the lead within the first 12 minutes of a game.
Dutch goalie Sara van Veenendaal was incredible in first half, saving multiple shots to keep the game 0-0. USA got a breakthrough in the 61st minute when co-captain Alex Morgan got fouled by Stefanie van der Gragt. Megan Rapinoe would score the penalty shot to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead and eight minutes later, 24-year-old midfielder Rose Lavelle secured the win with her third goal of the tournament.
The USWNT are considered trail blazers on and off the field, their players are fighting for equal pay and they’re currently involved in a lawsuit against their own federation for gender discrimination and as they celebrated their title, a clear chant of “Equal pay” could be heard during the championship ceremony.
To put their popularity into perspective, according to Fanatics, since the start of the year, this is the top-selling U.S. Soccer National Team (men’s or women’s) of all-time…