In Megan Rapinoe We Trust.
And Rose Freaking Lavelle.
Overcoming an elite performance from Netherlands goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal, the USWNT won back-to-back World Cup titles.
But claiming the 2019 Women’s World Cup title wasn’t easy.
Scoreless first half as van Veenendaal comes up big
The US had opportunities to get on the board in the first half, but we’re denied time and time again by van Veenendaal.
In all, van Veenendaal made four on target saves, many of which were revandedonkulous.
The US controlled possession and outshot the Netherlands, but couldn’t breakthrough in a physical, scrappy half.
Rapinoe, Lavelle bring the title home
The game was all square until VAR reared its ugly head again in the second half.
In the 58th minute, Stafanie van de Gragt high kicked Alex Morgan in the box. The US was lining up to take a corner, but the ref was called to check on VAR. After review, a penalty was awarded.
Up stepped Megan Rapinoe.
Rapinoe cooly waited for van Veenendaal to show then slid the ball in the opposite direction, giving the US a 1-0 lead in the 61st minute.
It was Rapinoe’s third penalty conversion of the tournament and 50th international goal. At 34, she became the oldest player to score in Women’s World Cup history.
The US went on the attack from there.
In the 69th minute, Rose Lavelle drove the ball from halfway unchallenged and fired a rocket to put the US up 2-0 and the game out of reach.
As the US is expert at doing, they bled the clock out to secure the win. Coach Jill Ellis was able to Carli Lloyd on the field at the end, giving the US legend an appearance in each game this World Cup.
Back-to-back and four in all
The win gives the US back-to-back World Cup titles and four in all. The four titles are two more than Germany.
Rapinoe secured the Golden Boot for the tournament and player of the match honors for the championship. She was also awarded the Golden Ball for the tournament.