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Defense paves the way for U.S. Women's World Cup run

Julie Foudy discusses the United States' offensive prowess in their 5-2 victory over Japan to win the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- For as good as she felt about her team's state of mind and play entering Sunday's final, even U.S. coach Jill Ellis wouldn't have been so bold as to predict five goals.

Frankly, it was at least as much as her back line deserved after a month of carrying the load.

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U.S. veterans Abby Wambach, Christie Rampone go out as champions

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno recaps the United States' emphatic 5-2 win over Japan in the Women's World Cup final, led by a hat-trick from Carli Lloyd.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Amid the bedlam going on at BC Place, Christie Rampone was the last U.S. player to ascend the podium.

The U.S. women had just routed Japan 5-2 to claim its third Women's World Cup crown. Rampone's position as team captain meant she would be the first to hoist the trophy. As the last remaining link to the United States' Women's World Cup-winning team of 1999, it seemed fitting. Her teammates were even egging her on to be the one.

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Deja vu for Mia Hamm as the United States wins dramatic World Cup title

The ESPN FC crew respond to your tweets in regards to the United States' 5-2 win over Japan in the World Cup final, debate over Abby Wambach versus Mia Hamm and more.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Mia Hamm drove to BC Place Stadium on Sunday morning and nearly everyone she saw was wearing a USA soccer jersey.

The scene was startlingly similar to the one she remembers from 16 years ago: the red, white and blue dominating the host city on the day of the World Cup final, the cascading patriotism on the streets near the stadium.

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