USA defeats Japan 5-2 in Women’s World Cup final (with VIDEO)

The Americans played to a Star Spangled 53,000 at BC Place on Sunday, and roared out to a 4-0 lead after just 16 minutes.

Alex Morgan is one of Team USA's biggest stars



The 2015 Women’s World Cup wrapped up in Vancouver on Sunday and, when it did, the United States stood golden once again – this time after a shockingly dominant 5-2 win over Team Japan, paced by three first-half goals from Carli Lloyd.

Lauren Holiday and Tobin Heath also scored for Team USA, stretching the score to 5-2 after 54 minutes. (The American women actually scored six of the game’s seven goals, if you count Julie Johnston’s own goal in the 52nd minute.)

Yuki Ogimi scored Japan’s first goal of the game, making it 4-1 after 27 minutes. Japan actually led the game’s possession with 52 per cent, but the Americans had 15 total shots (seven on target).

It was a roaring start for the Americans, who pumped four goals past Japanese keeper Ayumi Kaihori in the game’s opening 16.

“The U.S. wasted little time avenging their final defeat to Japan – a game that also went to penalties – four years prior in Germany,” wrote ESPN’s W site, recapping the 2011 World Cup Final in Frankfurt, and the USA’s near-home crowd advantage in Vancouver.

“Just three minutes after kickoff, the U.S. had the pro-American crowd at the packed BC Place (estimated attendance: 53,341) out of their seats.”

The host Canadians fell to England in the tournament’s quarterfinal, in a heart-breaking 2-1 loss last weekend in Vancouver. On Saturday, the English capped their World Cup with a bronze finish, defeating the world No. 1, Germany, 1-0 in Edmonton.

Sunday’s win gives the United States – one day after celebrating its 4th of July – its third World Cup win since 1991, with the country’s last coming in 1999.

VIDEO: USA vs Japan – Carli Lloyd Goal in Women’s World Cup Final

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

MS Bike fundraiser goes virtual in midst of pandemic

Fraser Valley event in Abbotsford and Langley among those usually held every year

Abbotsford musician Liam Pasiciel releases fourth album

Plant of Creation is entirely instrumental and moves beyond his ‘metal’ roots

Exercise and cancer to be explored via webinar

UFV’s Dr. Iris Lesser to lead Zoom event for cancer patients and supporters

Abbotsford charities see hike in demand for services during pandemic

Archway Food Bank and Salvation Army work hard to help those impacted

What do you think about these seven proposed Abbotsford pot shops?

Council will decide upon four locations for Abbotsford’s first legal cannabis stores

Horgan says B.C. restart making gains as more people come out of their homes

B.C. announced the easing of more restrictions on businesses, recreation and travel last month

Conservationists raise concerns over state of care for grizzly bear cubs transferred to B.C. zoo

‘Let them be assessed now before their fate is sealed,’ urges B.C. conservationist Barb Murray

B.C.’s COVID-19 job recovery led by tourism, finance minister says

Okanagan a bright spot for in-province visitor economy

National Kitten Day aka the ‘purrfect’ day to foster a new friend

July 10 marks National Kitten Day, a special day to celebrate all things kittens

Lower Mainland YouTubers claim to be Kelowna display toilet ‘poopers’

RCMP can not speak to legitimacy of video, will be investigating

Haida matriarchs occupy ancient villages as fishing lodges reopen to visitors

‘Daughters of the rivers’ say occupation follows two fishing lodges reopening without Haida consent

Conservatives say police should be called into investigate WE charity scandal

Trudeau is already under investigation by the ethics commissioner for potential conflict of interest

Amber Alert continues for missing Quebec girls, 6 and 11, and their father

Police issued the alert for Norah Carpentier, 11, and Romy Carpentier, 6, from Levis, Que.

Limit police access to lethal weapons in Indigenous communities: Justice Summit

Grassroots-organized National Indigenous Justice Summit was a free-to-attend two-day videoconference

Most Read