Team USA Raises Trophy, Celebrates World Cup Victory Over Japan (Photos)

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Team USA took home its third World Cup championship Sunday with a 5-2 victory over Japan, the program’s first title since 1999.

Of course, no title comes without its celebration, which the U.S. Women’s National Team certainly earned. Let’s take a look at some of the photos.

When the final whistle blew, everyone basically dropped to their knees or ran around uncontrollably.

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Hope Solo and Julie Johnston

Team USA

There were a lot of emotional moments in the stands with loved ones.

Abby Wambach and her wife, Sarah Huffman

Hope Solo and husband

Christie Rampone

Sydney Leroux

Abby Wambach, who hinted at retirement, had a blast with the American flag while soaking in the moment.

Abby Wambach flag

Abby Wambach flag

Then came the trophies.

Carli Lloyd won the Silver Boot Award as the second-highest scorer in the entire World Cup tournament. She actually tied for the lead in both goals and assists with Germany’s Celia Sasic, but because Sasic achieved those numbers in fewer minutes, she received the Golden Boot.

Carli Lloyd silver boot

Team USA goalkeeper Hope Solo was awarded the Golden Glove Award for best goalkeeper in the World Cup. She and the U.S. defense tied the longest shutout streak in World Cup history after not allowing a goal for 540 minutes. Oddly enough, the goals that bookended the streak both came in the 27th minute — one in Team USA’s first game against Australia, the other in the 27th minute versus Japan in the final.

Hope Solo golden glove

Lloyd took home some additional hardware, as she was awarded the Golden Ball Award as the tournament MVP. After her hat trick in the final — among other dramatic goals — the award certainly was well deserved. Lloyd was even suggested as the new face of the $10 bill and as President of the United States.

Carli Lloyd golden ball

Team USA earned its prestigious third star. Nike unveiled a short video to honor the team for its accomplishment.

Then came the World Cup trophy.

Everyone spent some time with it. Some got intimate.

Abby Wambach world cup trophy

Megan Rapinoe world cup trophy

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Team USA with world cup trophy

What’s a celebration without confetti angels (and really cute kids)?!

Players quickly began posting messages and photos of their celebration.

In short, it was a great day to be American.

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