Can you play like a girl?
Well, after Team U.S.A. defeated Japan to win the FIFA Women's World Cup Final by a score of 5-2 — the highest scoring final of any World Cup ever — who wouldn't want to try?
Kicking off in Vancouver, Team U.S.A. pulled ahead to an early lead thanks to its star midfielder Carli Lloyd. Lloyd, a two-time Olympic gold medallist, scored three goals in the first 16 minutes of the game. By the end of the first half, the Americans continued to pull ahead with a score of 4-1.
Playing before an electric crowd — which included boldface names like Prime Minister Stephen Harper, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and first daughter Sasha Obama — Team Japan only scored one goal on their own. Their second point came from defender Julie Johnston, who accidentally put the ball in her own net.
In the 79th minute of play, 15-year Team U.S.A. veteran striker Abby Wambach emerged to play for her crew to a standing ovation and thunderous chants of "U-S-A! U-S-A!". While Wambach did not score any goals in the big final, the Canadian Press reports she does hold the national record for earning 183 goals during her career.
With a 5-2 win, Team U.S.A. nabbed their third Women's World Cup Final title, having most recently won in 1999.
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