U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!
The U.S. Women's soccer team defeated Japan 5-2 on Sunday, winning the nation's third Women's World Cup title!
What better way to celebrate Independence Day than with a massive win for America the day after the Fourth of July! It's like the Miracle on ice hockey game in 1980 when America defeated the Soviet Union, or when Rocky knocked out Ivan Drago!
It was the perfect mix of excitement, patriotism and record breaking dominance.
U.S. team captain Carli Lloyd set the Women's World Cup record with an astounding three goals in just the first 16 minutes of the game, which took place in Vancouver, Canada. This makes her the first woman to ever score a hat trick in a World Cup final, and it was also the fastest hat trick ever scored in either women's or men's World Cup history. She also broke the record for the fastest player to ever score a goal.
With this win, America also became the first country to win the world championship three times!
The excitement was palpable in the stadium. In fact, as pointed out by many on Twitter, this super-patriot American Eagle perfectly summed up every U.S. fan's feelings about the first half.
That all-American mega-fan is also reportedly a player on the roller derby team L.A. Ri-Ettes. Known as Hurt LockHer, she's proven today that she might be the best around, just like Joe Esposito always sang about.
At halftime, the U.S. lead Japan 4-1, and only gave up one additional goal for a victorious win after an absolutely dominant game.
All around the country, Americans were rejoicing and sharing their emotional congratulations on Twitter.
Rosa Parks on the 20$ bill. Abby Wambach on the 10. Issue 3$ bills with Carli Lloyd. Hanx.— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) July 6, 2015
Congratulations to our usa women's World Cup Champions. Thank you for bringing the Cup back Home. pic.twitter.com/KprFQKWJHV— Barry L Bonds (@BarryBonds) July 6, 2015
Congrats to US Women's Soccer team. AMAZING.— Josh Duhamel (@joshduhamel) July 6, 2015
We're the champions! Congrats to #USWNT & Japan on an amazing game. And now the Golden Globes are next? I thought those were in January.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) July 6, 2015
World champs. The cup is coming back to the United States. Congratulations to the #USWNT. We're so proud.— Vice President Biden (@VP) July 6, 2015
Here's to fearless women chasing their goals. Congratulations, Team #USA! —H— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 6, 2015
#USAWomanssoccer I love love love this team Magnificent My daughter and I Watching .......oh my my— Jeffrey Tambor (@jeffreytambor) July 5, 2015
What a win for Team USA! Great game @CarliLloyd! Your country is so proud of all of you. Come visit the White House with the World Cup soon.— President Obama (@POTUS) July 6, 2015
Just when you thought the day couldn't get any better, check out the video below for a behind-the-scenes look at the revealing photo shoot for the upcoming ESPN Body issue, featuring U.S. Women's National Team defender Ali Krieger and a whole bunch of other super-hot sports stars.