That was a dominant performance. The final result, 5-2, was flattering to Japan. The U.S. team played with swagger, technical and the kind of teamwork that should have Jurgen Klinsmann taking notes. Up 4-0 on 16 minutes, the U.S. could have just have just put it in cruise control.
Instead, hat-trick scorer Carli Lloyd was sliding into tackles in the defensive end of the pitch in the 85th minutes.
It was a master class in team football and the U.S. were deserving of winning their record third world cup. I’d like to give a special shout-out to Title IX for helping to make this possible. It turns out that, when you open the door, some pretty amazing people make their way through it.