11 Numbers That Explain the U.S.'s World Cup Win
The United States Women's national team made all kinds of history when they beat Japan 5-2 and won the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. How special was this feat? Let's crunch some numbers to find out.
Only two people have ever scored hat-tricks in a World Cup Final (men’s or women’s) match: Sir Geoff Hurst and Carli Lloyd. Hurst's came at Wembley Stadium when England beat West Germany 4-2 in 1966.
It took Carli Lloyd only 13 minutes to complete her hat-trick. Amazingly, that isn't even the fastest hat-trick at the 2015 Women's World Cup—Switzerland's Fabienne Humm scored three goals against Ecuador in only five minutes.
Famed Mexican soccer announcer Andres Cantor spent 38 seconds screaming, "GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!" after Carli Lloyd completed her hat-trick.
Assuming the pitch at BC Place was the standard 105 meters in length, that Lloyd goal was shot from approximately 56 yards away. (And the Japanese keeper wishes she was standing one yard farther back when Lloyd struck it.)
16 minutes into the match, the U.S. had already scored four goals. That's the fastest it has ever taken a team to get four goals in any game in Women's World Cup history.
That last two Women's World Cup finals were both played between the U.S. and Japan, and the combined goal total for these matches is 11 (2-2 before penalties in 2011, 5-2 in 2015). There were ten goals combined in the previous six finals before 2011.
40-year-old Christie Rampone has played in five World Cups, and her brief appearance against Japan made her the oldest woman in history to play in a World Cup. She'll need to come back for the 2019 World Cup to break the men's record holder, however. Colombian goalkeeper Faryd Mondragón was 43 years and 3 days old when he last played for his country in 2014.
FIVE HUNDRED AND THIRTY-NINE
The USWNT held opponents scoreless for 539 straight minutes. Had they kept Japan out for 29 minutes instead of 27, they would have set a new record for longest shutout streak, currently held by Germany for their 540 straight goal-less minutes during the 2007 World Cup.
After beating Japan 5-2, the USWNT has a +77 goal differential throughout their seven World Cup appearances.
Despite their dominance, the U.S. endured a 16-year wait between World Cup Finals wins.
The United States is the only team to have won three Women's World Cup titles. They'll go for four in France in 2019.
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