U.S. Women’s National Team Wins World Cup And The U.S. Men’s National Team Set To Defend Gold Cup Title, Is U.S. Soccer On The Rise?

The U.S. women’s national team became the most successful team in the women’s equivalent of the World Cup after a comprehensive victory over Japan in Vancouver, Canada. Carli Lloyd scored a 16-minute hat-trick to lead the U.S. to a 5-2 victory as they exact revenge over Japan after their penalty woes from the last World Cup.

The U.S. women’s national team has finally ended the wait for what seemed like an elusive World Cup title. While the U.S. men’s national team may not be lining up against the world’s best, the CONCACAF Gold Cup may have never been a more secured prospect.

U.S. soccer has never been more prosperous, and with the sport still growing, the United States is quickly becoming a serious problem for many traditional powers.

While the men’s national team is still yet to win the World Cup, they will make sure to remind the likes of Mexico and Costa Rica that they are still the team to best in the region.

Even Major League Soccer is enjoying the incredible rise. The league now has the 6th highest attendance among global soccer and enjoys a host of world class names such as Ricardo Kaka, David Villa, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, and Andrea Pirlo.

However, the jewel in the crown is still the women’s national team with an historic 5-2 victory. One that will live long in the memory of supporters and one that is comparable to that of Brazil’s 5-2 victory over Sweden.

Carli Lloyd picked up the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player. Hope Solo also picked up the Golden Gloves solidifying a very commanding World Cup performance from the U.S. women national team from the defense to the attack.

The CONCACAF Gold Cup begins July 7 with the U.S. men’s national team playing host to Honduras. Can U.S. soccer conquer another title?