Coming into the final match, the USWNT had only allowed 3 balls to reach the back of the net, all of them coming in the knockout stage of the tournament. That’s a testament to the incredible work in goal by US Keeper Alyssa Naeher.
On the other side of the ball, US Soccer stars Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan once again lead the charge for the Red, White, and Blue. Alex Morgan came into Sunday’s Final with 6 goals in this year’s tournament, coming in as the favorite to win the 2019 Golden Boot, the prize for top scorer in the tournament.
However it was Megan Rapinoe, who came in with 5 goals on the tournament, who took home the hardware and the glory.
Coming off a VAR awarded penalty in the 61st minute, Rapinoe beat Dutch Keeper Sari van Veenendaal to break the 0-0 stalemate, tying her with Morgan for top scorer of the tournament.
However, the magnitude of her sixth goal wasn’t lost on the tournament committee, who awarded her the Golden Boot and the Golden Ball, the award for the top player of the tournament.
Following Rapinoe’s penalty, the USWNT looked for another chance to put themselves up for good and that moment came off the left foot of Rose Lavelle, who beat van Veenendaal in the 68th minute.
From then on the US Women didn’t look back, keeping the Dutch’s last-minute attacks at bay, holding on for the win, claiming their fourth World Cup.
After the dust has settled, and this World Cup victory is printed in the history books, the main story here shouldn’t be about which player isn’t invited to the White House, or what post goals celebration sparked controversy. No, instead it should be about why US Soccer is still treating its women as if they’re second fiddle to the men.
The last time I checked the US Women have won 4 more World Cups than the men, have been to four times the amount of World Cup Finals, and are dominating on a level never even dreamed of by the Men’s team. The time has come for US Soccer to show some goddamn respect to the greatest soccer team in our country.
Seriously. Fans have flocked to support the Women’s team, making their jersey the top-selling soccer jersey they’ve ever sold, so why is US Soccer late to the game?
Name four members of the mens team. Name four members of the women’s team. Which one is easier?
The Men’s team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. The Women’s team just lifted their second consecutive World Cup.
These women are champions and it’s time we start treating them as such on our own soil.