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Kobe Bryant, other celebs and athletes couldn't believe what they were seeing in the Women's World Cup final
Cup finals often can be dramatic, but instead the U.S. put on an absolute show in their Women's World Cup-clinching victory over Japan. They scored within three minutes, added a second goal two minutes later, and had an incredible four within the first 16 minutes of action. The final was 5-2.
Noted soccer fan Kobe Bryant had a fun time live-tweeting the first half, going from excited to impressed to downright blown away as Carli Lloyd scored three of America's four goals -- including one, the USA's fourth, from the halfway line:
The Los Angeles Lakers star was far from alone. Other NBAers were into it:
GOOOOOALLLL!!! #USWNT— DeAndre Jordan (@deandrejordan6) July 5, 2015
GOOOOOALLLL!!! #USWNT (that wasn't an accidental tweet)— DeAndre Jordan (@deandrejordan6) July 5, 2015
well that escalated quickly...#USWNT ½<ú<ø<Æ— DeAndre Jordan (@deandrejordan6) July 5, 2015
So being up 4-0 is that like being up 50 in the 4th quarter ?— Kyle Lowry (@Klow7) July 5, 2015
Fellow U.S. footballers appeared to enjoy it:
Athletes who play(ed) the "other" football also couldn't get enough:
Our women are awesome. #USA<ú<ø— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) July 5, 2015
USA,USA,USA— Emmitt Smith (@EmmittSmith22) July 5, 2015
Hat Trick by Lloyd!! Unbelievable goal 4-0!!! #USA— Michael Strahan (@michaelstrahan) July 5, 2015
USA! USA! USA!— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) July 5, 2015
Go Team USA! The Brees Boys are into it!— Drew Brees (@drewbrees) July 5, 2015
Some baseball stars:
Are you kidding me? Let's go USA!!!!!<ú<ø— Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) July 5, 2015
Wow that goal though! #USA— andrew mccutchen (@TheCUTCH22) July 5, 2015
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was among a few NASCAR drivers who got a chance to see the action as rain delayed the start of the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona:
Finally in front of a TV to watch @ussoccer_wnt. Looking great. Still early. Stay on the gas!! USA!!!<ú<ø— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) July 5, 2015
A golfer who knows a thing or two about breaking records enjoyed it:
Love watching history being made. There is nothing like it. Go USA!— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) July 6, 2015
And of course, celebrities and politicians made their feelings heard:
GOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! ½ #SheBelieves— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 5, 2015
Boom! #usa— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) July 5, 2015
A hat trick by New Jersey's own Carli Lloyd! What an amazing leader she has been for Team USA. Go USA! Go Scarlet Knights! #jerseypride— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) July 5, 2015
New Jersey is killing it for Team USA! Jersey's own Tobin Heath makes it 5-2! Go USA! Go Ridge High School! #jerseypride— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) July 6, 2015
What's the Over on this USA ASSWHIPPIN'?!!!— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) July 5, 2015
Hours before the United States' game against Japan in the Women's World Cup final, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson paused a workout to send a message to the team.
He still made this clear: "This is not a video to inspire you in any way. You guys are already inspired, you're already there, you're already in that head space. You know the opportunity that's in front of you. This video is just to let you know how much you've inspired me."
He also got a little excited -- unable to stop himself from cursing a couple of times. Check it out:
Team USA in the Gold Cup
Team USA men's soccer kicks off its Gold Cup campaign Tuesday with a match against Belize. The team has had a great deal of success at the Gold Cup, but hasn't won since 2007, losing to Mexico in the final of both the 2009 and 2011 tournament. With Landon Donovan making his return and the team playing well in World Cup qualifying, this might be the year that the trophy returns to the United States.
pollcenter:category=4020+teamusainthegoldcupAP Photo/Ted S. Warren
Team USA wins three straight
It's now three straight wins for the U.S. men's soccer team in their bid to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Team USA has been solid on both sides of the ball, only allowing one goal in wins over Jamaica, Panama and Honduras, a team who defeated the U.S. 2-1 in February. Has their recent win streak piqued your interest in men's soccer?