Champions!: Womens World Cup US Japan
Published: July 6, 2015
Champions!: Womens World Cup US Japan, The United States soccer team put on a clinic Sunday night, as it routed Japan 5-2 to win the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Team USA scored two goals within three minutes, and was ahead 4-1 at halftime. While Japan did ultimately score two goals on the previously unstoppable American defense, it was never even close to being enough to compete with the U.S. team.
Carli Lloyd had a hat trick in the game, scoring three goals–one of them an impressive shot from the half-field mark.
The game ended up being the highest-scoring final game in the FIFA Women’s World Cup, and avenged America’s loss to Japan in the 2011 World Cup.
Relive my live updates from the game, as the action happened.
The last game remaining in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup–the United States vs. Japan–is Sunday night. The game is set to begin at 6 p.m. Central Time, and will be televised live on FOX.
I will be following the game and providing FIFA Women’s World Cup Final 2015 live updates and scores. Please refresh often to get the latest news on how the game is progressing. And join in the conversation in the comments section below.
It’s USA vs. Japan. Here we go!
8:10 p.m.: Team USA is awarded the FIFA World Cup trophy. And what a performance it was to get that trophy.
8:08 p.m.: Some Vines of celebrations.
8:03 p.m.: They’re giving the player awards out right now, and Lloyd gets the Silver Boot (given for goals; Sasic from Germany gets the Golden). But Lloyd doesn’t look too upset. Hope Solo gets the Golden Glove award; she had only given up one goal heading into the final. Miyami from Japan gets the Bronze Ball; Lloyd gets the Golden Ball award, for the top player in the tournament.
7:55 p.m.: Cue some Prince music.
Hey America, time to party like it’s 1999! The #USA wins its first World Cup in 16 years with a 5-2 win over Japan. pic.twitter.com/kwNd0pFBNe
– ESPN (@espn) July 6, 2015
7:54 p.m.: We’ll wait now to see the trophy and player awards given out.
#USA have won the 2015 #FIFAWWCFinal. pic.twitter.com/p3EMIUUx5K
– FIFA Women’sWorldCup (@FIFAWWC) July 6, 2015
7:50 p.m.: And that’s FINAL! The United States wins 5-2 over Japan. Here come the tears and the jubilation. What a game by the Americans, and especially Carli Lloyd.
7:48 p.m.: (91:40) The chants of USA! USA! are ringing through the stadium. The pro-U.S. crowd definitely have had fun with this one.
7:47 p.m.: End of regulation and beginning of stoppage time.
7:45 p.m.: It’s the 87th minute, and the U.S. still leads 5-2.
7:43 p.m.: (85:00) Alex Morgan out, and Christine Rampone in. A great tournament for Morgan!
7:40 p.m.: Iwabuchi is yellow-carded as she gets Johnston hard in the stomach. At this point, the Japanese have nothing to lose in being extra-aggressive. No next game to miss.
7:40 p.m.: (83:15) The free kick falls short, and now Japan has to be shaking its head. Japan’s had some chances, but the U.S. is just too strong. Can they salvage anything here at the end?
7:39 p.m.: (82:00) Sawa is yellow-carded for an aggressive tripping of Wambach. A free kick coming up.
7:37 p.m.: At the 80th minute mark, USA still leads 5-2.
7:36 p.m.: (78:45) Abby Wambach comes in and gets a huge reception. Nice to see her get into this historic performance.
7:35 p.m.: Carli Lloyd is the name on everyone’s lips. Maybe she needs to be the female on the new $5 bill.
Me rn #USAvJPN ðŸ‡ºðŸ‡¸ pic.twitter.com/gQjADccXZ6
– Kardashian Reactions (@KardashianReact) July 6, 2015
7:31 p.m.: (73:40) Japan has a corner kick opportunity, but is denied by Solo and a lot of defensive action by the U.S. in front of the goal.
7:29 p.m.: (72:10) Japan gets a shot off, but it clears high over the goal an Solo’s head.
7:25 p.m.: Taking a peek at Twitter, and five of the 10 top trending hashtags are World Cup-related. I think the world is invested in this game!
7:22 p.m.:(65:40) Carli Lloyd wants more, but collides in front of the goal. It’s still 5-2 in favor of USA.
7:20 p.m. (63:10) Alex Morgan almost added another goal for the U.S. She barely misses from the penalty area.
7:18 p.m.: You gotta feel for Japan on the opposite end of this offensive clinic.
#JPN get themselves back in the game and now have a chan… #USAvJPN pic.twitter.com/9oq7h6m2ck
– Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) July 6, 2015
7:14 p.m.: This is officially now the highest-scoring game in the history of FIFA Women’s World Cup finals.
7:13 p.m.: It’s crazy watching this game. You fully expect the Americans to score when they even get in the area of the goal.
7:11 p.m.: (53:46) And U.S. gets it back! Tobin Heath shoots for the Americans’ 5th goal on the day. It’s now 5-2.
7:10 p.m.: That Japanese goal was scored as an own-goal from USA’s Johnston on a Aya Miyami free kick.
7:09 p.m.: (51:30) We’ve got a game going on now. Japan scores and they’re back in the game, 4-2.
7:07 p.m.: (49:20) Morgan Brian gets a pretty shot off, but Japan’s keeper makes a great save to tip the ball away at the top of the crossbar.
7:05 p.m.: (48:75) Holiday gets a free kick opportunity, but it’s kicked wide.
7:03 p.m.: How will the second half go? Can it possibly continue on the same track? Or will things settle into place and the game become more defensive? It will be interesting to see what the coaching strategies are.
7:02 p.m.: And the second half is underway.
6:57 p.m.: Soccer fans aren’t usually treated to such a high-scoring affair. And Ellen says what a bunch of American fans are thinking.
10 minutes in and my score keeping hand is already tired. Go #USWNT! #USAvJPN
– Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) July 5, 2015
6:51 p.m.: Some impressive stats for the U.S. in the first half, as the four goals are the fastest in the history of the FIFA Women’s World Cup final.
Japan’s goal also stopped a monumental defensive stand by the U.S.; it was the first goal scored on the U.S. in 540 minutes.
6:48 p.m.: How are you feeling at the half?
HALFTIME: @ussoccer_wnt leads 4-1, 45 minutes from ðŸ†ðŸ†ðŸ† #SheBelieves #WWCFinal #USAvJPN pic.twitter.com/o6MawiyOU2
– Mashable (@mashable) July 5, 2015
6:46 p.m.: And it’s halftime, with the score 4-1. A very impressive start for the Americans.
6:37 p.m.: Japan gets a free kick chance, but can’t take advantage. Still USA, 4-1, over Japan.
6:33 p.m.: Here’s a cool view of Lloyd’s shot from half field.
Carli Lloyd with the hat trick! #USAvJPN 4-0 16′ pic.twitter.com/iDz4SUyFNe
– Brian Koerber (@bkurbs) July 5, 2015
6:27 p.m.: Japan finally scores in the 27th minute, and it’s 4-1. Hope Solo gets her hand on the ball, but it goes in. That’s the first goal the U.S. has given up since the first game of the World Cup.
6:20 p.m.: How about this for a performance? Lloyd has made four shots-on-goal, and scored on three of them.
6:17 p.m.: Carli Lloyd makes a shot from midfield and scores her third goal of the game. It’s now 4-0 and halftime isn’t even close.
6:10 p.m.: And in the 14th minute, Lauren Holiday scores the third goal of the day for U.S. 3-0.
2 goals in less than 6 minutes… in the #WorldCup final! Unbelievable! #USAvJPN #SheBelieves pic.twitter.com/AyqsMXRaBB
– TODAY (@TODAYshow) July 5, 2015
6:08 p.m.: Carli Lloyd again! The U.S.’s best scorer does it again, and scores at the five minute mark. It’s 2-0 early.
6:03 p.m.: That was quick!! U.S. scores and it’s 1-0. Megan Rapinoe’s corner kick to Carli Lloyd for a goal in the third minute.
6:00 p.m.: The U.S. is starting the same lineup as against Germany, and looks like they’ll be doing the same strategy. After being a bit stagnant in its first WWC games, the U.s. really came alive against Germany. We’ll see if it works again.
5:50 p.m.: The teams are coming out, and we’re minutes from the start. Who do you think will win?
5:43 p.m.: How many players remain from the 2011 FIFA World Cup, when Japan beat the U.S.? Here are some interesting stats, via ESPN.
All four players who scored in the 2011 WWC final are back (Morgan, Wambach, Miyama, Sawa) for #USAvJPN pic.twitter.com/3GOD7loetN
– ESPN (@espn) July 5, 2015
5:40 p.m.: What does USA star Abby Wambach have to say as the game gets ready to start? Check out this video.
5:30 p.m.: How did the U.S. and Japan both make it to the championship game? The U.S. beat Germany, 2-0, in it semifinal game; Japan beat England, 2-1, in one of the most dramatic endings in soccer history.
5: 27 p.m.: U.S. women’s soccer has a lot of proud moments. (Look back at some of the best here.) Will tonight continue the winning tradition?
5:25 p.m.: The sports world is ALL. IN.
ONE. MORE. Go get ’em, @ussoccer_wnt! #SheBelieves #USA ðŸ‡ºðŸ‡¸ðŸ‡ºðŸ‡¸ðŸ‡ºðŸ‡¸ pic.twitter.com/UX4ciBWyxb
– TalladegaSuperS (@TalladegaSuperS) July 5, 2015
5:22 p.m.: I think there’s some excitement for this one.
ðŸŒŠ of ðŸ‡ºðŸ‡¸ #OneMore #USAvJPN pic.twitter.com/xcUVwUsNl8
– Major League Soccer (@MLS) July 5, 2015
5:15 p.m.: From the AP: “The United States stuck with the lineup it used to defeat Germany in the semifinals for the title match on Sunday against Japan at the Women’s World Cup.
The U.S. women started Alex Morgan up top as the lone forward, while Abby Wambach was listed as a substitute.
The Americans found success in the past two matches with allowing midfielder Carli Lloyd to roam up top, while keeping Morgan Brian deeper in more of a holding role. The change helped re-energize an offense that has been stagnant at times during the tournament.
The game against Japan was a rematch of the final in Germany four years ago, which Japan won following a penalty shootout.”
5:05 p.m.: Tonight’s game has an especially meaningful feel to it. Japan defeated the U.S. in the last Women’s World Cup in 2011. Will it be a repeat win for Japan? Or will the United States women get their revenge?
5:00 p.m.: It’s an hour until kickoff. Here are your starters for the U.S.
#USA XI: Solo, Sauerbrunn, Lloyd (C), Krieger, Holiday, Morgan, Brian, Rapinoe, Heath, Johnston, Klingenberg pic.twitter.com/Hbvm3FerNl
– FIFA Women’sWorldCup (@FIFAWWC) July 5, 2015
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