To the delight of American fans, Carli Lloyd of the United States scored a hat trick in the first 15 minutes of the FIFA Women's World Cup Final against Japan on Sunday.
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United States' Abby Wambach fights for the ball with Brazil's Bruna Benites during a final match of the International Women's Football Tournament in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday. The game ended in a draw, giving Brazil the tournament victory.
The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team left its CONCACAF tournament competition in the dust. The team didn't give up a single goal all tournament. Abby Wambach, shown controlling the ball in the second half of the U.S. 6-0 win over Costa Rica in the finals, scored seven of the U.S. team's 21 goals.
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Power In Reserve: Strikers Alex Morgan (second from left) and Lauren Cheney have added firepower to the U.S. lineup, while midfielder Megan Rapinoe has adjusted to coming in off the bench to energize the American attack — and set up goals for Abby Wambach.
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A Good Luck Charm? The U.S. women's team is undefeated when wearing all black since the uniforms were introduced on May 14. In that game against Japan, Ali Krieger battled for control of the ball.
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Nilla Fischer of Sweden and America's Abby Wambach battle for the ball during their Group C match in the Women's World Cup. Sweden took an early 1-0 advantage in the match.
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Soccer fans attend the women's World Cup opener between Germany and Canada. In Germany, the game drew a TV audience of more than 18 million, or a quarter of the country's population — better stats than some men's matches garner.
Abby Wambach of the United States battles against North Korea's Ri Un Hyang during the group C match between the United States and North Korea at the Womenâs Soccer World Cup in Dresden, Germany, Tuesday, June 28, 2011.
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