Having spent four years dwelling on their painful penalty-shootout defeat to Japan in the final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011™, USA needed just five minutes to sweep away the frustration when the two sides met again in Sunday’s Canada 2015 showpiece.
That was all the time it took for Carli Lloyd, who missed a spot-kick in that fateful shootout, to fire the Americans into a 2-0 lead and on the road to a third world title.
Having scored her side’s winner in the quarter-final defeat of China PR and then the opener in the semi-final victory over Germany, the insatiable Lloyd saved the best till last, following up her opening two-goal salvo against the Nadeshiko with a sensational third goal 16 minutes in: a dipping strike from the centre circle.
Not surprisingly voted the Live Your Goals Player of the Match, the attacking midfielder also ended the tournament with the adidas Golden Ball in her hands and the adidas Silver Boot tucked under her arm for good measure, reward for a stunning few weeks’ work that brought her six goals and one assist.
Despite being weighed down by all that silverware and her winner’s medal, Lloyd summoned up the energy for a post-match chat with FIFA.com.