For the second edition in a row and the fourth time, the United States Women’s team are FIFA World Cup champions. The Final saw them face the Netherlands, the defending European champs who were deeper in the tournament than they had ever come close to being, and it certainly showed. The Americans bossed the game, playing much stronger than they did in the last three rounds, going on to win 2-0 in the end.
It could have been more, such was their dominance, but it was plenty for them. Megan Rapinoe grabbed the first goal, scoring for the third in the tournament from a penalty kick in the 61st minute. They did have to wait, yes, but it was more than worth it when their second went in from Rose Lavalle, one of their standout players, just eight minutes later. Those two goals sealed it up, and it gave them four titles, two more than the next closest in Germany. Rapinoe would ended up being named as the winner of the Golden Ball for best player in the tournament. She, Alex Morgan, and English star Ellen White tied for the Golden Boot, but Rapinoe won the tiebreaker to technically take that individual honor home, too.