The U.S. Women’s National Team gave a whole new meaning to Fourth of July Weekend. While the country celebrated its 239th year of independence on Saturday, many anxiously awaited Sunday’s matchup with Japan. Any anxiety a fan might have had surely disappeared immediately, as the U.S. netted four goals in the first 16 minutes.
Forward Carli Lloyd scored a hat trick as the U.S. glided through the game with a 5-2 victory. The win gives the U.S. their third World Cup championship, avenging their heartbreaking loss to Japan in a penalty shoot-out in 2011. The team’s title allowed the country’s celebration of America to continue for another day.
Watch the highlights of the game below: