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US triumph caps truly global Women's World Cup

USA midfielder and Golden Ball winner Lloyd (10) has emerged as the flag bearer for a new generation.


THE United States returned to the pinnacle of women's soccer with a 5-2 crushing of Japan in Sunday's Women's World Cup final at the end of a riveting tournament that pushed the sport into new territory.

The Americans last triumphed in 1999 but women's soccer is a vastly