Great plays and sportsmanship will inspire new generation of soccer players

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The U.S. team lifts the World Cup trophy in celebration. Photo from FOX TV.

We’re proud of Team USA! The U.S. women’s soccer team scored more goals than any other in a World Cup final, and the defense held strong throughout the tournament. Carli Lloyd’s three goals in the first half were amazing, especially the third goal from mid-field that lobbed over the goalkeeper into an open net – a player’s dream.

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Coach Jill Ellis and Carli Lloyd celebrate the U.S. team’s World Cup victory. Photo: FOX TV.

Many players had terrific individual performances – Carli was player of the tournament, and Hope Solo was best goalkeeper. They won as a team, demonstrating sportsmanship and appreciation of the beautiful game and the world’s best players. In one notable moment, Carli gave the team captain’s armband to Abby Wamback when Abby checked in at the 79th minute.

“I wanted to make sure that she put the armband on because she deserves it. She’s been legendary to this team….I’m just so proud that her last World Cup, she could go out strong.” — Carli Lloyd  (Quote as reported in Don Ruiz’s article).

As we cheered, they inspired the next generation of soccer players (just as Mia Hamm and the 1999 US team inspired many of them). As an amateur soccer player and enthusiastic fan, I saw how meaningful this game was to my young daughter. We love their big win and winning spirit! Go USA and soccer players everywhere!

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Abby Wambach with the American flag after US wins World Cup. Photo: Fox News.