The United States won the FIFA World Cup! Oh, wait, you didn’t hear? Well you must live on the moon then (or maybe in some country outside of North America), ha ha. For real though, the US Women’s National Team won the World Cup on Sunday and we are super pumped about it. It was also a crazy fun game to watch. And I maaaaay have even screamed GOOOOOAAAAAAL loud enough for the entire neighborhood to hear. Just maybe. I will not, however, talk your ear off about it. There are plenty of people writing plenty of articles about it. In case you did actually miss the game though, here are some of the high points: (besides of course the awesome final score of 5-2)
- Oldest Player in a tournament (Christie Rampone, 40)
- Most matches with at least 1 goal (Abby Wambach, 12)
- Most Goals Scored in a Final (5)
- First Final Rematch
- Most watched soccer game in US history (26.7 mil. viewers on Fox and Telemundo)
- Oldest Average Age (29 yrs 5 mos)
- Most Tournaments without a loss (3)
- Most minutes without conceding a goal (540, tied with Germany)
- Most Championships (3)
And here are some of the most memorable images from this year’s World Cup.
NOTE: At the beginning of this article you may have noticed that I did not specifically mention the Women’s World Cup. That was for 2 reasons: First, as is US Soccer’s motto, we are “One Nation, One Team” and as such I am proud of my Nation for winning a World Cup regardless of which team won. Second, I am getting tired of the Women’s Team’s accomplishments being somehow seen as less significant or worthy. They did, after all, just win the Worlds’s biggest prize on the World’s biggest stage. And on a more personal note, I am a fan of women’s soccer and I don’t care what anybody says. Some people may not recognize it, but these girls got game.