The FIFA Women’s World Cup crown is staying in the American soil, thanks to 2-0 win of US Women’s National Football team over The Netherlands to take their second straight and fourth overall Women’s World Cup plum at the Stade de Lyon in Lyon, France last July 7th.
Megan Rapinoe put the Americans in the driver seat in the 61st minute through the penalty kick while Rose Lavelle found the back of net in the 69th minute to retain the Women’s World Cup title and became the most winningest team in the Women’s World Cup history after winning the title in 1991, 1999, 2015 and 2019.
“Overall, I thought we had the better of the game. The Netherlands made it incredibly hard for us. They got numbers behind the ball, looked to transition, incredibly strong team, good at defending the box – they presented a lot of challenges,” said USA coach Jill Ellis via Reuters.
“I said to the players at halftime at some point it’s going to break, whether that’s through a penalty kick, a set-piece or open play transition. I just felt that we would have our opportunity.”
Sweden meanwhile captured the bronze in defeating England, 2-1 at the Stade de Nice in Nice, France , a day before with Kosovare Asllani and Sofia Jakobsson scored the key goals for their squad during the 11th and 22nd minute respectively.
Fran Kirby pull back for England during the 31st minute.
It was a tournament to remember for the United States especially in starting the tournament with a 13-0 win over Thailand during the Group stage as their celebration after scoring a goal was criticized by some sectors.
Controversy erupts in US-England encounter in the semifinals which the Americans won 2-1 courtesy of goals from Christen Press and Alex Morgan in the 16th and 31st minute respectively. The latter’s goal became another flashpoint after mimicking a person drinking a tea, especially the English people are well-known as tea drinkers.
Morgan downplayed those criticism in her antics as ‘’ double standard.’’
“I feel that there is some sort of double standard for females in sports,” Morgan quoted in an article of ESPN said, “to feel like we have to be humble in our successes and have to celebrate, but not too much or in a limited fashion. You see men celebrating all over the world in big tournaments, grabbing their sacks or whatever it is. And when I look at sipping a cup of tea, I am a little taken aback by the criticism.”
Rapinoe meanwhile dominated the individual awards in the Women’s World Cup with her Golden Boot and Golden Ball recognition. Germany’s Giulia Gwinn was the Best Young Player while The Netherlands ’ Sari Van Veenendaal was the Best Goalkeeper.
Host country France took home the Fair Play award.
With the Women’s World Cup is now over, recognition in their latest achievement is now underway with the City of New York hold a victory parade for the champions while the team was hailed as Best Team and Morgan recognized as Best Female Athlete during the 2019 ESPYS.
The fight of the US Women’s team for equal pay will also be get-going after the lawsuit they filed against the US Soccer Federation last March is now the mediation process and the result of the mediation will not only make or break in the achievements and breakthroughs the women’s team done for the last few years but also a pay parity women’s athlete fighting in other sports.