The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup is now in the books. The United States has successfully claimed their fourth title. Team USA beat the Netherlands with a 2-0 score. The U.S. is the second team in Women’s World Cup history to win the title back-to-back since Germany did so in the 2003 and 2007 tournaments.
This is a tournament to remember in the history of U.S. soccer. The team set a record of most goals scored in a tournament with 26. In addition, it’s the first time since the 1991 tournament where they’ve scored at least 20 goals. Furthermore, going the entire the tournament without trailing shows the team’s unique chemistry and winning mentality.
Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle each scored in the final. Rapinoe is now the oldest player in a Women’s World Cup final as well as the first American player start in the Women’s World Cup finals. Rapinoe has been named the recipient of the Golden Boot, as well as the Golden Ball. Furthermore, Rapinoe is the third American player to earn the Golden Ball and the second to win the Golden Boot. Lavelle is the second-youngest player to score in a Women’s World Cup final. In addition, she’s the recipient of the Bronze Ball award.
USWNT coach Jill Ellis is the first coach to win the World Cup title twice. Furthermore, she’s only the second coach to win back-to-back World Cup titles. At the beginning of the tournament, Ellis was criticized by former U.S. Goalkeeper Hope Solo. Solo described Ellis as a “bad leader who can’t handle pressure.” However, by leading the team to its second straight World Cup title, it’s safe to say that Ellis has overcome all the pressure, thus silencing the critics.
Where does the team go from here?
With the Women’s World Cup behind them, the U.S. can shift their focus to the 2020 Olympics. After returning home from the 2016 Olympics with nothing, the USWNT is looking to avenge that by bringing home the gold for the fifth time. The qualifying phase dates have yet to be announced.
For now, the USWNT can happily celebrate their World Cup victory.