The New York Times reports:
The United States was denied for a half. But in the end, there was no stopping the Americans. The United States women’s soccer team claimed its fourth straight Women’s World Cup title on Sunday, beating a valiant Netherlands team. 2-0, in Lyon, France, to repeat as world champions.
Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle scored second-half goals for the United States, who needed more than an hour to solve a tenacious defensive effort by the Netherlands. Rapinoe broke the dam with a penalty kick in the 61st minute, and Lavelle sealed the victory with a driving run up the center in the 69th.
It was the second straight World Cup title for a dozen of the American players, who claimed their first in Canada four years ago. It also cemented their status as the gold standard in women’s soccer, even as Europe — led by teams like the Netherlands — mounts a sustained assault on their crown.
Rose Lavelle scores the 2nd goal for the US! 2-0 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/IYatK1tKMv
— Eastbay (@Eastbay) July 7, 2019
NERVES OF STEEL 💪🇺🇸
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 7, 2019
AND THE CROWD GOES WILD!!!!!! USA 🇺🇸 Women’s #Soccer ⚽️ teammate & NorCal native Megan #Rapinoe scores the first #goal of the #WomensWorldCup final in a penalty kick against the Netherlands 🇳🇱!! See the pandemonium break out at @AOSacramento’s watch party at Costanza’s!@ABC10 pic.twitter.com/UOoLwrpkJx
— Becca Habegger (@BeccaReports) July 7, 2019
— Kevin James Coleman (@KevinColemanWBZ) July 7, 2019
WE HAVE A GOAL.
Megan Rapinoe scores her 50th USWNT goal
— Entirely Sports (@Entirely_Sports) July 7, 2019
— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) July 7, 2019
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) July 7, 2019
Congratulations, ladies! You make us so proud, on and off the field.
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) July 7, 2019
YES YES YES YES!
To our 2019 World Cup Champion @USWNT: you have inspired the entire country — and New York City knows how to celebrate champions. We’ll see you Wednesday at 9:30 AM for the Ticker Tape Parade down the Canyon of Heroes. #OneNationOneTeam pic.twitter.com/bwCEoJYg3r
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) July 7, 2019
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) July 7, 2019