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Jul 6, 2015

U.S. triumph caps truly global Women’s World Cup

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – The United States returned to the pinnacle of women’s soccer with a 5-2 crushing of Japan in Sunday’s Women’s World Cup final at the end of a riveting tournament that pushed the sport into new territory. The Americans last triumphed in 1999 but women’s soccer is a vastly different sport than it was a decade-and-a-half ago with new nations forging their way into the elite amid an unprecedented level of global interest.

As Golden Ball winner Carli Lloyd demonstrated with her astonishing 16 minute hat-trick in the final, including a goal from the half-way line, the women’s game is delivering a level of excitement and quality that was non-existent in the 1990s.

Jul 6, 2015

Soccer-U.S. triumph caps truly global Women’s World Cup

VANCOUVER, July 5 (Reuters) – The United States returned to the pinnacle of women’s soccer with a 5-2 crushing of Japan in Sunday’s Women’s World Cup final at the end of a riveting tournament that pushed the sport into new territory.

The Americans last triumphed in 1999 but women’s soccer is a vastly different sport than it was a decade-and-a-half ago with new nations forging their way into the elite amid an unprecedented level of global interest.

Jul 6, 2015

Lloyd hat-trick inspires U.S. World Cup victory

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Carli Lloyd led from the front as the United States won the Women’s World Cup for a third time with a crushing 5-2 victory over Japan on Sunday, the striker scoring the tournament’s fastest ever hat-trick, including a spectacular long-range goal.

The American captain struck three times inside 16 minutes as the U.S. stormed into an unexpected and unsurmountable 4-0 lead over their shell-shocked opponents.

Jul 6, 2015

FIFA officials booed before World Cup trophy ceremony

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – FIFA officials were booed by the crowd before the trophy presentation at the Women’s World Cup final which was won 5-2 by the United States against Japan. Despite FIFA president Sepp Blatter staying away from Canada during the tournament and choosing, for the first time, not to present the trophy, the largely American crowd made clear their feelings about the scandal-hit governing body.

The stadium announcer asked the crowd to welcome FIFA ‘dignitaries’ on to the field and the group of around 10, led by FIFA vice-president Issa Hayatou, head of the Confederation of African Football, were greeted by loud boos. The 79-year-old Blatter conceded in an interview with German newspaper Welt am Sonntag that his first non-appearance at a Women’s World Cup final was linked to concerns over investigations into the scandal. “I won’t take any travel risks until everything has been cleared up,” he said.

Jul 6, 2015

U.S. captain Lloyd hits final hat-trick in 16 minutes

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – United States captain Carli Lloyd scored a hat-trick inside the opening 16 minutes of Sunday’s 5-2 World Cup final win over Japan, enhancing her reputation for scoring in the biggest matches while making amends for a rare blemish in the 2011 final.

The American midfielder became the first woman to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final and just the second player overall after Geoff Hurst netted three goals in England’s 4-2 win over Germany in the men’s 1966 final.

Jul 6, 2015

Soccer-U.S. captain Lloyd hits final hat-trick in 16 minutes

VANCOUVER, July 5 (Reuters) – United States captain Carli Lloyd scored a hat-trick inside the opening 16 minutes of Sunday’s 5-2 World Cup final win over Japan, enhancing her reputation for scoring in the biggest matches while making amends for a rare blemish in the 2011 final.

The American midfielder became the first woman to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final and just the second player overall after Geoff Hurst netted three goals in England’s 4-2 win over Germany in the men’s 1966 final.

Jul 6, 2015

Soccer-Lloyd hat-trick inspires U.S. World Cup victory

VANCOUVER, July 5 (Reuters) – The United States won the Women’s World Cup for the third time, crushing Japan 5-2 on Sunday with striker Carli Lloyd scoring the tournament’s fastest ever hat-trick, including a spectacular goal from the half-way line.

The American captain struck three times inside 16 minutes as the U.S. stormed into an unexpected and unsurmountable 4-0 lead over their shell-shocked opponents.

Jul 6, 2015

Lloyd hits stunning hat-trick as U.S. lead Japan 4-1

VANCOUVER, (Reuters) – United States captain Carli Lloyd scored a sensational hat-trick, including a goal from the half-way line, as the United States roared to a shock 4-1 lead at half-time in the Women’s World Cup.

No team had ever scored more than two goals in a Women’s World Cup final but the brilliant Lloyd went one better all by herself and within just 16 minutes.

Jul 5, 2015

U.S and Japan unchanged, Wambach starts on bench

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – The United States and Japan named unchanged starting lineups for their Women’s World Cup final clash at BC Place on Sunday.

U.S coach Jill Ellis left all-time top scorer Abby Wambach on the bench for the third straight game and started with Alex Morgan as a lone striker.

Jul 5, 2015

Soccer-U.S and Japan unchanged, Wambach starts on bench

VANCOUVER, July 5 (Reuters) – The United States and Japan named unchanged starting lineups for their Women’s World Cup final clash at BC Place on Sunday.

U.S coach Jill Ellis left all-time top scorer Abby Wambach on the bench for the third straight game and started with Alex Morgan as a lone striker.

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      "Simon is a Reuters Sports Correspondent based out of Miami and he covers a range of sports including NFL, NBA, US national team and MLS soccer, tennis, West Indies cricket, golf and winter sports. He was the co-author of the best-selling soccer book The Rough Guide to European Football and previously worked in Milan, Italy and Eastern Europe. He was born in Lancashire, England."
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