USA Claim Women's World Cup Championship In Soccer
The United States Women's National team is celebrating victory as World Cup champions.
After beating the Netherlands 2-0 in Sunday's final, they hoisted the trophy for the second consecutive tournament.
The team will be welcomed home with a ticker tape parade down New York City's "Canyon of Heroes" on Wednesday morning, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced.
First lady Melania Trump tweeted a congratulatory message to the team.
President Trump followed a short time later with a tweet of his own, saying "Congratulations to the U.S. Women's Soccer Team on winning the World Cup! Great and exciting play. America is proud of you all!"
He made no mention of a possible White House visit for the team, which star player Megan Rapinoe previously vowed to boycott.
Throughout this World Cup, the top-ranked U.S. women had a lead going into halftime of every match they played. They had never been held scoreless in the first half.
In the finals against the Netherlands, it took an hour of game time before Rapinoe broke the scoreless tie for the U.S. on a penalty kick.
"It's surreal. I don't know how to feel like now. It's ridiculous," Rapinoe said after the victory. "We're crazy and that's what makes us so special. We just have no quit in us. We're so tight, and we'll do anything to win." Rapinoe was awarded the Golden Ball as the top player in the tournament.
Goal No. 2 in the finals was scored by Rose Lavelle, at 24 the team's up-and-coming star, after a solo run up the center of the field.
"She's superstar, not even in the making, she's straight up superstar at this point," Rapinoe said.
This is only the second time the 8th-ranked Netherlands team has appeared in the Women's World Cup. In 2015, they were knocked out in the Round of 16 by Japan -- which was, in turn, beaten by the U.S. in the 2015 final.
-- With AP