United States Captures Second Straight World Cup With Win Over Netherlands

Jul 7, 2019, 11:08 AM | Updated: 11:13 am
Megan Rapinoe of the USA celebrates with teammates after scoring her team's first goal during the 2...
Megan Rapinoe of the USA celebrates with teammates after scoring her team's first goal during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Final match between The United States of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
(Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

LYON, France – For the second consecutive World Cup, the United States Women’s National Team won the tournament after a 2-0 win over the Netherlands.

The first goal came in the 61st minute as United States captain Megan Rapinoe converted on a penalty kick.

Rose Lavelle scored the second goal in the 69th minute as she blasted a shot from 18-yards away from goal with her left foot that traveled far post and into the back of the net.

Her goal set the World Cup record for most goals scored by one team at a single World Cup with 26.

Utah Royals FC defenders Kelley O’Hara and Becky Sauerbrunn started on the backline for the U.S. but O’Hara had to come off at halftime with concussion symptoms after colliding with a Dutch player late in the first half.

Sauerbrunn came off of the pitch for a moment after getting a cut on her forehead. She came back onto the pitch wearing a headband.

The U.S. had plenty of chances in the first half, but Netherlands goalkeeper Sari Van Veenendaal came up 4 big saves.

For only the fifth time in World Cup Final history has the match been tied at the half and 4 of those games were knotted up at 0.

Utah Royals FC striker Christen Press entered the match in the second half to replace Rapinoe.

After the two goals in the second half, the U.S. held on defensively and won the World Cup. It was a tough journey for the United States with 7 of the 8 teams that played in the quarterfinals were from Europe.

It’s the fourth World Cup title in United States Women’s National Team history.


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