VANCOUVER Scoring three times in a Women’s World Cup final would be a dream come true for most soccer players but not Carli Lloyd.
The United States of America saw out the game with confidence, with Japan never really being able to find a way to disrupt a dominant USA time that had peaked at just the right time.
But two minutes after that second Japan goal, USA midfielder Tobin Heath score the United States’ fifth goal, icing the match.
“Only two teams from Asia can go to the Olympics, so it will be tough”, said Sasaki, whose challengers include World Cup rivals Australia, South Korea and China, who all reached the knockout rounds in Canada. Lloyd set records for the fastest goal and became the first woman to score a hat trick in the World Cup final.
“It’s something that maybe just happens once in your career, when everything you try comes off and almost every shot goes in the back of the net”, she added. After a dismal 1-2-1 record at the 2014 Algarve Cup, Sermanni was sacked that April and the US Soccer Federation turned to Ellis, its director of development.
Follow TODAY.com writer Scott Stump on Twitter and Google+. “I was on a mission”. Finally, that last goal also made Lloyd the tournament’s top scorer, with a total of six goals. It was reportedly the fastest hat trick ever scored in a Womens World Cup final.
Lloyd scored after just three minutes and capped it off with a stunning long range goal in the 16th. She scored her second only two minutes later, meeting a backheeled assist from defender Julie Johnston. Here are four facts about Carli Lloyd, a U.S. legend and the current toast of the football world.
“It was a natural decision for me to put her in a higher position and play her there”. It was just a flurry of legs and feet striking balls that inevitably ended up behind the Japanese goalkeeper, who could only stand there looking like she’d just lost a child at the mall.
Horrow said Lloyd’s representatives should have been on the phone with Madison Avenue advertising agencies “at halftime” on Sunday because soccer interest in the United States wanes after the World Cup. “It’s been incredible. We just wrote history and brought this World Cup trophy home”.