Carli Lloyd lives for the big moment. She had her biggest on Sunday night and gave the United States its record third Women's World Cup title.
Lloyd scored three times as the U.S. jumped to a four-goal lead in the first 16 minutes, and the Americans overwhelmed defending champion Japan 5-2 for the team's first World Cup championship since 1999.
A sellout crowd of 53,341 that included U.S. Vice President Joe Biden roared in approval for Lloyd's hat trick, the first ever in a Women's World Cup final.
Japan beat England 2-1 in their semifinal match at the 2015 Women's World Cup as England's Laura Bassett inadvertently redirected the ball into her own goal in injury time to cost her team a chance at extra time and penalties.
Japan advance to the final to face the United States on Sunday, July 5.
The match seemed headed for extra time as 90 minutes of regulation and injury time ticked toward conclusion. However, a ball into the box fell to Bassett's feet and her attempted clearance went over...