Thousands attend rally honoring US Women’s World Cup Champions

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LOS ANGELES – Members of the U.S. women’s national soccer team were honored Tuesday with a rally in Los Angeles in their first public appearance since winning the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Coming off its victory in Vancouver, Canada, the 23-member team was greeted by fans at the L.A. Live entertainment complex next to Staples Center.

Carli Lloyd’s 3 goal performance was the difference in a 5-2 win over Japan, and SI Senior Writer Grant Wahl explains why the USA was so dominant.

The women’s team routed defending champion Japan in a 5-2 victory Sunday, bringing home a record third championship and the first Women’s World Cup title since 1999.

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