U.S women's soccer team wins its FOURTH World Cup by beating Holland, 2-0

After weeks of uproar over its sportsmanship and elaborate goal celebrations, the United States women's soccer team has every reason to party after winning a fourth World Cup with a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands in Lyon, France on Sunday.  

'We're crazy,' captain Megan Rapinoe told Fox after the U.S. won its second consecutive World Cup title. 'That's what makes us special.'

Following a scoreless first half, Rapinoe scored a penalty kick in the 61st minute and Rose LaValle added a goal of her own in the 69th minute. 

'It's unbelievable,' Rapinoe continued. 'Just to know all of the people in our group that put in so much work, obviously the players – we have all our friends and family here – it's surreal.'

Shortly after the team's win, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio took to Twitter to announce a parade in the team's honor on Wednesday.

De Blasio told the team, 'You have inspired the entire country - and New York City knows how to celebrate champions.'

The parade will go up a stretch of Broadway that's hosted many celebratory parades known as the 'Canyon of Heroes,' where everyone from New York Yankees legends to American astronauts have been honored. 

President Donald Trump congratulated the team after the win: 'Congratulations to the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team on winning the World Cup! Great and exciting play. America is proud of you all!' 

Fans, many dressed in red, white and blue, chanted 'Equal Pay!' at the final whistle, a reminder players sued the U.S. Soccer Federation in March claiming gender discrimination.

The Americans never trailed in the tournament and set records with 26 goals and a 12-game World Cup winning streak dating to 2015. U.S. coach Jill Ellis became the first coach to lead a team to two Women's World Cup titles, and the U.S. joined Germany in 2003 and 2007 as the only repeat champions.

With confidence and brashness that some called even arrogant - triggering a backlash that the angry response was sexist - this American team established a standard of excellence that will be a goal for other U.S. teams and the rest of the world to match. Former American players joined the current generation on the field for the postgame celebration.  


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