World Cup Final: U.S. Women's Soccer Team Wins Record Third Title

Associated Press
From left, United States' Megan Rapinoe, Lauren Holiday and Carli Lloyd celebrate after Lloyd scored her second goal of the match against Japan.

The team beat Japan by a score of 5-2.

America had more to celebrate than just its independence this holiday weekend.

Its women's soccer team won the Women's World Cup final in Vancouver on Sunday, defeating Japan by a score of 5-2. This marks a record third World Cup title for the U.S. women's national team.

U.S. team captain Carli Lloyd rewrote the Women's World Cup record book with three goals in the first 16 minutes as the United States took a 4-1 lead at halftime of the final against Japan on Sunday.

Lloyd set records for the fastest goal and became the first woman to score a hat trick in the World Cup final. She also was the third American woman to score a hat trick in any World Cup match, joining Michelle Akers and Carin Jennings-Gabarra, both of which came during the 1991 tournament.

Lloyd's hat trick was the fastest in women's or men's World Cup history. Lloyd is also the first American to score goals in four straight World Cup matches.

The game aired live on Fox.

A large number American fans came from the Pacific Northwest, with easy access from the soccer hotbeds of Seattle and Portland, Ore. Sounders, Timbers, Seattle Reign and Portland Thorns jerseys were scattered among the crowd of American jerseys with the names "Wambach," ''Leroux" and "Morgan" across the backs.

There also were many famous faces among the crowd. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Vancouver around midday Sunday and met with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper prior to attending the match.

Biden led a U.S. delegation to the final that included his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman and two former U.S. soccer stars: Mia Hamm and Cobi Jones. Also traveling with the vice president: three of his grandchildren and President Barack Obama's daughter Sasha, according to a pool report.

Jill Biden led the delegation to the final in 2011 in Germany which the U.S. lost to Japan, but her husband was absent from that trip.

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