The United States Women’s National team have defeated its Netherlands 2-0 in Sunday’s final, to claim its fourth World Cup.
The US team are now the first team to appear in three consecutive finals, and coach Jill Ellis has become the first coach to win back-to-back World Cups in the men’s or women’s game since Italy’s Vittorio Pozzo in the 1930s.
In the 59th minute of the clash in Lyon, the VAR called for a referral on a challenge from Stefanie van der Gragt on the USA’s Alex Morgan. Megan Rapinoe stepped up and slotted the penalty to give her side the lead. Rose Lavelle doubled the lead in the 69th minute
The Americans defeated four other European teams — Sweden, Spain, France and England on their way to the final, and dominated Sunday in defeating the reigning European champion Dutch.
The team will be welcomed home with a ticker tape parade down New York City’s “Canyon of Heroes” on Wednesday morning, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced. US First lady Melania Trump, has already tweeted a congratulatory message to the team.
The U.S. also won the world title in 1991, 1999 and 2015, along with Olympic gold medals in 1996, 2004, 2008 and 2012. Germany is the only other country to win multiple women’s World Cups, in 2003 and 2007.