USA WINS ITS THIRD FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP WITH A SOLID 5-2 VICTORY OVER JAPAN

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FC Kansas City midfielder Lauren Holiday scored USA's third goal

VANCOUVER, Canada (July 5, 2015) - The U.S. Women's National Team lifted the FIFA Women's World Cup trophy last night at a sold out BC Place Stadium following an outstanding 5-2 victory over the defending champions Japan to become the first three-time WWC winner. Carli Lloyd made history by scoring the fastest and the first hat trick in tournament history.

FC Kansas City midfielder Lauren Holiday scored the third goal off a beautiful volley, while defender Becky Sauerbrunn finished the tournament as the only player in the roster to play every minute for the USA in 2015. Midfielder Heather O'Reilly and forward Amy Rodriguez did not see minutes in the final.

Japan ended the USA’s record-tying shutout streak at 540 minutes by scoring in the 28th minute. The Asian nation built a bit of momentum early in the second half as Julie Johnston’s defensive clearance instead sent the ball into the USA’s net. However, Tobin Heath responded two minutes later to make it 5-2 and complete the highest scoring Final (seven goals) in FIFA Women’s World Cup history.

All four FC Kansas City players will return to Kansas City in time for the home game against Carli Lloyd, Meghan Klingenberg, Morgan Brian and the Houston Dash on Wednesday, July 15 at Swope Soccer Village. For tickets, call 855-4KC-GOAL or visit fckansascity.com for online purchases.