Tournament standout Carli Llyod scored 3 goals in a dominant effort by the Americans Sunday in Vancouver
The USA has won the Women’s World Cup final, beating Japan 5 to 2. Midfielder Carli Lloyd was the game hero, scoring three goals in the first half, including one incredible shot taken from midfield.
The match marked a record fourth World Cup final appearance for the U.S. team and a record third Women’s World Cup trophy.
The face-off was somewhat of a grudge match for the U.S. Women’s National Team, which lost to Japan in the 2011 World Cup final in a penalty-kick shootout after a dramatic 2-2 tie through extra time.
Solo – who remained focused on the field despite the ongoing media spectacle surrounding her 2014 arrest over domestic violence allegations – recently told PEOPLE that despite her decorated career (including two Olympic gold medals), “I don’t think I’ll ever feel great about it unless we win a World Cup.”
The Americans came into the game riding high, following their most impressive performance of the tournament thus far in the 2-0 semifinal win against top-ranked Germany. That game last Tuesday set an American television ratings record with an average audience of 8.4 million views, the largest for a World Cup semifinal involving men or women, Sports Illustrated reports.