World Cup: Key Stats From Dominant U.S. Win Over Japan
The United States won its third Women's World Cup title and first since 1999 with a 5-2 victory over Japan. That made the U.S. the first team to win three Women's World Cup titles. And the Americans did it with a dramatic, record-breaking explosion of offense in the first half.
Here are some of the stats and numbers that sparked the USWNT to another WWC championship.
* The United States became the first team to score more than two goals in a Women's World Cup final, and it did so by the 14th minute of the match.
* The U.S. scored its first two goals in the opening five minutes of the match, the earliest a team has ever scored two goals in a single WWC match.
* The USWNT scored four goals in the match's first 16 minutes, the earliest a team has ever scored four goals in a single WWC match. There were 11 goals in the previous two U.S.-Japan WWC finals; there were 10 in the first five WWC finals combined.
* Carli Lloyd became the first player to score a hat trick in a Women's World Cup final. And by doing so in the match's first 16 minutes, she scored the earliest hat trick in WWC history.
* Lloyd is the third American to score a hat trick at the Women's World Cup, joining Carin Jennings and Michelle Akers, both of whom scored three goals in 1991.
* Lloyd's hat trick took 13 minutes to complete, the third-fastest hat trick in Women's World Cup history.
* Lloyd is the first American to score in four straight Women's World Cup matches. She has now notched a goal in three of the past four major finals for the United States, scoring in each of the past two Olympic finals plus her hat trick in today's game. She is the first American woman to score in three major-tournament finals.
* Lloyd scored six goals at this Women's World Cup, finishing tied with Germany's Celia Sasic for most goals in the tournament. But Sasic received the Golden Boot at this tournament based on the minutes played tiebreaker (player who played the fewest minutes wins).
* Lloyd won the Golden Ball as the tournament's most outstanding player, the second American to win the award, joining Carin Jennings in 1991.
* Abby Wambach came on as a substitute and played her 25th and final Women's World Cup game. She has the second-most appearances in Women's World Cup history behind Kristine Lilly's 30.
* Wambach ended her Women's World Cup career with 14 goals, tied with Germany's Birgit Prinz for second-most all-time behind Brazil's Marta (15).
* Christie Rampone entered the game in the 86th minute and became the first 40-year old to play in any Women's World Cup game.
* Japan's goal in the 27th minute ended the United States' shutout streak at 539 minutes, a minute shy of the single Women's World Cup record set by Germany in 2007.
* Julie Johnston scored an own goal, which cut the United States' lead to 4-2, but a Tobin Heath score two minutes later restored the three-goal lead for the U.S. Japan became just the second team in Women's World Cup history to lose despite an own goal being scored in its favor, joining Germany in 1999. That match was also against the United States.