The US Women’s National Team won their second consecutive World Cup on Sunday afternoon, beating the Netherlands in the final by a 2-0 final score.
The favorites to win the tournament held up their end of the bargain, winning every single one of their matches in this edition of the World Cup, in a clean sweep that has led them to add another trophy to their resume.
The USWNT also won the World Cup in 2015, 1999, and 1991, meaning that they have won four of the eight Women’s World Cups since the competition was first held 28 years ago.
The American women dominated the game against the Netherlands, an upstart team that few expected to advance so far in the tournament, largely limiting their offensive chances and moving with relative ease in their zone.
The Dutch gave a valiant effort, expending lots of effort defensively in attempts to keep the Americans from scoring. The game actually went to the break with the score tied at 0-0, the first time the Americans were held scoreless in the first half all tournament.
They broke through in the 61st minute, however, when Dutch Stefanie van der Gragt was booked for a high and dangerous kick in the goal area on Alex Morgan. Megan Rapinoe cooly scored the penalty to put the Americans up 1-0.
Only 8 minutes later, USWNT forward Rose Lavelle scored a brilliant goal from long-distance to double the lead.
25 minutes later, the final whistle blew, and the Americans were named the world’s best once again.