Did you catch the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer game today between the United States and the Netherlands? If you did not get to see the game, it would be worth it to go watch a recap of the game. To all the American's reading this post, congratulations on your nation winning the game and the World Cup. If you have not been following soccer over the last few weeks, no worries, here are some fun facts in regards to the United States team.
The United States team entered the tournament with large expectations to fulfill, and ultimately they were able to succeed. This is the second consecutive World Cup that the United States Women's team has won, ending the tournament and coming out as champions. There were many first and record-setting moments over the past seven games such as number of goals scored as a team, number of goals scored in a tournament, number of undefeated games and others.
The United State's Women's team scored 26 goals as a team during its seven-game run, creating a new record at the cup. Half of the goals came from one game alone, against Thailand, when the final score came out to 13-0. The pace of the goals slowed significantly after that. The U.S. didn't score more than three goals again in the tournament and averaged 2.2 goals per game in its final six contests. Still, the Americans got just enough to beat the former record of 25, which was also set by the United States team during the initial tournament in 1991.
When Rose Lavelle kicked the United States 26th goal, during the game against the Dutch, not only did that goal set a new team record, but it also tied the number of goals total, for the tournament at 146, which was set back in 2015. Teams aim to keep the 146 total goal streak record alive when they return in 2023.
Lastly, with today's win over the Netherlands, the United State's continues its unbeaten streak at the World Cup, extending it to 14 total games. The team has not lost a game, since the final vs. Japan in 2011. The United States is on a 12-game, World Cup winning streak and the only game the team hasn't won in the last two World Cups came in a draw against Sweden in 2015 group play.
As an American myself, I am so proud of our women's team and proud to be represented by such a strong powerhouse group of women in this years FIFA Women's World Cup. Great job ladies, congratulations on the hard work and the victorious win, here's to the next world cup in four years. Lets see if we can take the win again in 2023!