The U.S. victory over Germany in the semi-finals was the third most-watched women’s football match ever with 8.4 million viewers, trailing only the USA-China final in 1999 and the USA-Japan final in 2011, U.S. Soccer said.
The women’s national team has also played numerous friendlies in Birmingham in the past, but this appearance would likely bring thousands of soccer fans still buzzing over the teams World Cup win to the city. “Your country is so proud of all of you”, Obama tweeted from his @POTUS handle, hailing Lloyd’s three-goal performance. “Come visit the White House with the World Cup soon”.
Working on little sleep after a night of celebrating with family, friends and fans – a lot of “smiles, a lot of screaming, a lot of dancing”, according to Julie Johnston – the USA team took part in a special event put on by Fox Sports.
It wasn’t just fellow soccer stars who were tweeting about the final. “There is nothing like it. Go US!”
And it’s fitting that she was watching.
While Samuel L. Jackson tweeted: “What’s the Over on the US ASSWHIPPIN’?!!!”
After creating history on the pitch, the USWNT proved that no matter who you are or what you do, the success of a team can unite a nation for 90 minutes.