Weeeeeeeee are the champions, my friendsssssssssss.
Back to back FIFA Women’s World Cup championships for the women of the United States. Brilliant, honestly. This game was a tough one, and a close one at that. With fierce competition between the Netherlands and the United States the entire first half, leading to a 0-0 scoreline going into half time.
About 61 minutes in to the game, Megan Rapinoe converted a penalty kick with a shot that froze the Netherland goalkeeper, Sari van Veenendaal. With a look off to the left, Rapinoe potted the shot to the right, with Veenendaal frozen in place after taking a slight look the left. US break the tie and lead the game 1-0, causing Netherlands to finally concede a goal breaking their 300+ minute shutout streak and putting them behind for the first time in the tournament.
The US never backed down either, didn’t take their foot off the gas and continued to pepper the Netherlands and press them to the brink. Just 8 minutes later, Rose Lavelle receives a pass and shoots down the field, cutting back to the middle of the box and shooting a quick ball past Veenendaal. The goal added to the US’s lead, with them being up 2-0 and breaking the Dutch will. With the 2-0 lead, the United States didn’t do what they had the past two games, going into a shell to stop the Netherlands press, they continued to press down on the pedal and assault the Dutch force with all they had. Shot after shot, chance after chance, the women of the United States forced the Netherlands to stay in their end of the field and try to slow the onslaught. This pressure kept up for the rest of the game, resulting in a back to back victory in the Women’s World Cup Final for the United States.
Rapinoe finished the tournament with 6 goals and 3 assists, to tie with Alex Morgan of the US. Having played less minutes though, the Golden Boot award for the top scorer in the tournament went to Megan Rapinoe, with the Silver Boot going to Morgan. Despite the losing effort, Netherlands goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal was award the Golden Glove. The Gold Ball went to Rapinoe for being the best player in the tournament, Silver Ball to Lucy Bronze of England and the Bronze Ball to Rose Lavelle of the United States.
Pegged as the villains of the tournament, with a swagger and attitude that enabled an easy hatred of the team, the United States defied them all. With a bracket stage filled with European teams, the North American force battle through and brought home the trophy for the land of the free. Hate them if you want, call them disrespectful and childish, they have proven to be the best. The viewers who came to watch them fail can leave disappointed, as the United States Women National Team have cemented themselves as champions, victors, legends.
Congratulations to the USWNT for winning the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup! The United States couldn’t be prouder of our women bringing home the championship and solidifying what we already knew. They are the best in the world, without a shadow of a doubt.