Defeating Netherlands with a clean sheet of 2-0, the U.S. Women’s National soccer team has etched their names on the victory trophy of the World Cup Championship 2019 on Sunday. It had been four years since the team earned their last title, and in a matter of only eight minutes in the second half, they snatched their victory from the opposition team bagging the back-to-back goals. The best part of their triumph was their celebration in shirts that were specially designed with a golden star above the crest that symbolized their string of victories; not once or twice, but four times, the last two being consecutive.
Rose Lavelle’s stunning solo goal in the 69th minute and Megan Rapinoe’s penalty goal in the 61st minute contributed to be the winning moves for USA last night. Megan Rapinoe remains the most notable figure in the tournament because even though she missed the semifinals because of her hamstring injury, she speedily recovered from it and returned to the finals only to score her sixth goal in the tournament, leveling the achievement with Ellen White from the England team and her own teammate Alex Morgan. Her string of procurements did not stop here altogether; she went on to become the top player of the tournament and the rightful owner of the prestigious golden boots. Commenting on her ascendency, she said, “I am made for this. I love it.” She further applauded her team and its efforts and went on to say that, “I feel like this team is changing the world around us.” The USA team so far, have had a decent run in the past, far better than most teams; their history include winning the Olympic gold medals in the years 1996, 2004, 2008 and 2008 and the soccer world cups in 1991, 1999, 2015 and 2019. To celebrate this milestone of success, the team and some of its organizing members will be taking part in a victory parade on Wednesday through Manhattan.
Soon after their victory, congratulatory messages started flowing in from all over the country. The elated president Donald Trump tweeted, “Congratulations to the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team on winning the World Cup! Great and exciting play. America is proud of you all!” The coach of the U.S. team Jill Ellis who eventually hails from England, becomes the first coach after this glaring victory to have bagged two World Cup titles for women. When Ellis was asked to comment on their loss in the 2016 Olympics quarterfinals, she accepted that defeat gave each member of the team their required perspective: “I knew after 2016, we had to deconstruct it and reconstruct it”.
Winning against the Dutch in the first half of the match did not seem as easy as it was made to look in the second half. Even when the American team made numerous other efforts to score throughout the match, Sari Van Veenendaal, playing as the goalkeeper for Netherlands, made stunning saves for her team. The turning point of the game was the penalty kick in the 61st minute that was taken complete advantage of by Megan Rapinoe who almost deceived the goalkeeper by kicking in the opposite direction of the way her opponent leaned and that led to their ball rolling, followed by the goal by Rose Lavelle. Rapinoe takes home Golden Boot award, Morgan gets Silver Boot, Lavell gets best American Player award. Alyssa Naeher USA goalie was many favorites as the MVP, but the GREAT Defense of Dahlkemper, Sauerbrunn, Dunn, O’hara. Krieger, Ertz and the midfield of Horan, Mewis, Brian, and Lloyd kept the forwards Heath, Press, Pugh and McDonald busy putting constant pressure on ALL opponents. Two great sides, USA A team vs USA B team, probably end in PK’s. Thanks to super subs Long, Harris, Franch, Davidson, Sonnett, and any others who pushed this team to greatness, and most importantly Coach Jill Ellis staff of coaches and trainers who got this team to the top! Who’s ready for 2023?
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