Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 7th 2015 Contents VANCOUVER---Carli Lloyd lives for
the big moment. She had her biggest
on Sunday night --- and gave the Unit-
ed States its record third Women s
World Cup title.
Lloyd scored three times as the US
jumped to a four-goal lead in the first
16 minutes, and the Americans over-
whelmed defending champion Japan
5-2 for the team s first World Cup
championship since 1999.
A sellout crowd of 53,341 that includ-
ed US Vice President Joe Biden roared
in approval for Lloyd s hat-trick, the
first in a Women s World Cup final.
"It s been a long journey, my career.
I ve had a lot of people believe in me,
in my corner, from day one," said the
midfielder, who turns 33 on July 16.
"I ve dedicated my whole life to this.
Everything else comes second. But I
wouldn t want to do it any other way."
When it was over, Lloyd collapsed
to her knees and pumped her fists. For-
ward Abby Wambach bear-hugged
teary-eyed coach Jill Ellis, lifting her
off the ground.
Lloyd, awarded the Golden Ball as
player of the tournament, scored twice
in a span of about 135 seconds as the
US led 2-0 by the fifth minute.
Lauren Holiday boosted the lead in
the 14th, and two minutes later Lloyd
made it 4-0 with an audacious 54-
yard, right-footed shot from midfield
that sailed over goalkeeper Ayumi Kai-
Japan closed on Yuki Ogimi s goal in
the 27th and an own goal by Julie John-
ston on an errant header in the 52nd.
Tobin Heath scored two minutes later,
the third goal off a restart for the Amer-
While winning the last three Olympic
gold medals, the US had struggled in
the World Cup since taking the title at
the inaugural tournament in 1991 and
then again at the Rose Bowl eight years
Christie Rampone, the only holdover
from the 1999 team, lifted the trophy
with Wambach, the 35-year-old former
Fifa Player of the Year who has said
this will be her last World Cup.
Wambach was among the most vocal
opponents of Fifa s decision to play the
tournament on artificial turf.
With Fifa President Sepp Blatter stay-
ing away from Canada during a US
criminal investigation of soccer cor-
ruption, the trophy was presented by
Fifa Senior Vice President Issa Hayatou
of Cameroon, the head of African soc-
cer s governing body.
Hope Solo won her second straight
Golden Glove as top goalkeeper of the
tournament. She played despite critics
who urged the US Soccer Federation
to drop her after she initially faced two
misdemeanor counts of domestic vio-
lence from a June 2014 altercation at
her half-sister s house, charges that
were dismissed earlier this year.
Solo, who hasn t spoken to the media
for most of the tournament, proclaimed
simply: "We did it! Awesome!"
The title, which adds a coveted third
star to the American uniform, also vin-
dicated the USSF for its decision in
April 2014 to fire coach Tom Sermanni,
who had replaced Pia Sundhage the
previous year, and replace him with
Ellis, the British-born American who
had been an assistant on the coaching
Ellis tactics and lineups were crit-
icised early in the World Cup tourna-
ment when the US offense sputtered
at times on offense. She shifted Lloyd
to an attacking midfielder in the semi-
final against top-ranked Germany and
again in the final, and put 22-year-old
Morgan Brian, the youngest player on
her roster, in a defensive midfield role.
"I want to thank Jill," Lloyd said. "I
know lots of people out in the stands
were worried about us. We all held
together. We all stayed the course. We
all executed the game plan."
Lloyd had come up big before, scor-
ing the winning goals in the 2008 and
2012 Olympic finals.
She put the US ahead in the third
minute off a grass-hugging corner kick
from Megan Rapinoe, streaking into
the penalty area on a diagonal run and
using the side of her left foot just in
front of the spot to redirect the ball
inside the far post.
She made it 2-0 after Holiday took
a low free kick from the flank and John-
ston made a back-heel flick to Lloyd,
who was 2 yards out. With her right
foot, she poked the ball between two
defenders and past Kaihori s out-
Lloyd s third goal came when Kaihori
ventured far off her line. The keeper
backpedaled and got her right hand on
the long shot, but the ball glanced off
a post into the goal.
It was the fastest hat-trick in World
Cup history --- men or women --- and
Lloyd became the first American since
Michelle Akers in 1991 to score multiple
goals in a World Cup final. The only
other hat-trick in a World Cup final
was when England s Geoff Hurst scored
three times against Germany in the
men s 1966 final at Wembley.
"Miss Lloyd she always does this to
us. In London she scored 2 goals and
today she scored 3 goals. We are embar-
rassed," Japan coach Norio Sasaki said.
"But she is an excellent player and I
really respect her and admire her."
Lloyd scored six goals in seven
matches during the monthlong tour-
nament, including in every US game
in the knockout phase. She raised her
international goals total to 69 and joined
Carin Jennings in 1991 as the only
Americans to win the Golden Ball.
Holiday added her goal to cap a
counterattack, volleying in from 10
yards after Azusa Iwashimizu s header
on an attempted clearance bounded
high in the air. Heath scored from 4
yards after a Holiday corner kick, which
went off Kaihori s weak punch to the
far post for Brian to play back in front.
Ogimi s goal was the first Solo
allowed after five straight shutouts. The
only other goal scored against her came
in the first half of the tournament open-
er against Australia.
The United States went 540 minutes
without conceding a goal, the longest
streak in the World Cup since Ger-
many s record 679 scoreless minutes
Japan s victory over the United States
four years ago was its first World Cup
title and it came just months after the
massive earthquake and tsunami that
hit Japan, killing more than 20,000
people and touching off the worst
nuclear catastrophe since Chernobyl
in 1986. Japan returned eight starters
from the 2011 final, when it beat the
US on penalty kicks. The Americans
started just four of the 11 players who
opened that game in Germany.
The United States is 25-1-6 against
Japan, including 3-1 in World Cup
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LONDON---The English Football As-
sociation apologized for a tweet it sub-
sequently deleted about its Women's
World Cup team which prompted criti-
cism across social media yesterday.
After England returned from its
third-place finish in Canada, the FA
wrote on Twitter on Monday: "Our Li-
onesses go back to being mothers,
partners and daughters today, but
they have taken on another title---he-
It linked to a story which was later
amended to only say that England "re-
turned home as heroes." The FA said
the story was attempting to reflect
the personal stories of players.
"Sorry if I caused offence," FA con-
tent editor James Callow tweeted.
"The piece is intended to sum up a nice
moment when players are reunited
with their families.
"I reject any accusation of sexism
and human interest is a big part of any
sport reporting. I'd have done the same
for England men, absolutely." (AP)
English FA apology for tweet about Women's World Cup team
Lloyd hat-trick leads US over
Japan 5-2 for World Cup title
Carli Lloyd holds
the trophy after
Japan 5-2 in the
World Cup soccer
Sunday. AP PHOTO
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