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.
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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.
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All around the country, Americans were rejoicing and sharing their emotional congratulations on Twitter.
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.