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American Forward Abby Wambach celebrates winning her first World Cup in her last appearance for the USA.
American Forward Abby Wambach celebrates winning her first World Cup in her last appearance for the USA.


Led by Carli Lloyd's hat trick, the USWNT raced out to an incredible start and kept on dominating as they won a record third Women's World Cup title. This was a particularly meaningful win for Abby Wambach, pictured above, who has played for the US since 2001, and won the Cup in her last appearance for the USA.

The US Women's National Team are World Cup Champions for the third time, defeating the defending champions Japan 5-3 in a dominating performance.

I know this is a "hockey blog" but this is a big deal. The US were brilliant, and Japan didn't give up, despite using 2/3 of their substitutions in the first half (nigh unheard of save in the case of injuries).

Just a great showing. See highlights below.... but it's worth noting that, the overall "winner's pot" for the Men's world cup last year was 358 Million dollars, the pot for the Women's cup was only 15 Million. Similarly, the German team that won the World Cup last year received 35 Million dollars, the US Women's team will only receive 2 Million. Which is ridiculous.

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