Fox Sports reported Kansas City as the top local market for watching the Women's World Cup finals.
U.S. women's soccer has a new hero. After playing a starring role in the team's road to the finals, midfielder Carli Lloyd took just 15 minutes to decisively settle the outcome of the final match against Japan. Lloyd scored 3 goals in the game's opening minutes — the first hat trick in women's World Cup finals history — including a stunning shot from the middle of the field which bounced past Japan's goalkeeper. Add in a strike from Lauren Holiday, and the U.S. found itself up 4-0 after the first 15 minutes. An answering goal didn't do much to lift Japan's spirits in the first half, and the U.S. kept its goal differential despite an early own goal in the second thanks to a well-placed corner kick. The U.S. dominance came mostly from set pieces: they took three goals from corner and penalty kicks. The Japanese team had previously only given up three goals throughout the entire tournament . This is the third World Cup claimed by the U.S. women's team and the first for veteran forward Abby Wambach , one of several soccer stars who'll be retired by the time the next World Cup rolls around. For now, though, the team gets to savor the World Cup trophy, and a hero's welcome back home. This video includes images from Getty Images.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City once again showed it’s a soccer city.
Fox Sports reported Kansas City was the top local market for watching Women's World Cup Final. Approximately 190,199.8 households in KC tuned in to watch the match.
Fox Sports said the top five local markets for the match were:
Kansas City (20.6)
St. Louis (20.5)
San Diego (19.5)
According to Fox Sports, it is the highest metered market rating ever for a soccer game in the U.S. on a single network.
Kansas City and St. Louis were tied at the top of the local market list for the USA vs. Germany semifinal match, according to Fox Sports.
Abby Wambach of the U.S. Women's National Team spoke about her teammates and her career before Sunday's Final.
Watching from Power & Light
People weren’t just watching the match from home. Thousands filled Power & Light for USA vs. Japan final.
This is how you watch a #WorldCup! #FWWConFOX #BELIEVE #USA pic.twitter.com/OsSo3paFHj— Sporting Kansas City (@SportingKC) July 5, 2015
This is how you watch a #WorldCup! #FWWConFOX #BELIEVE #USA pic.twitter.com/OsSo3paFHj
There was a lot of singing after the U.S. Women’s National Team won.
#USA #WorldCup2015 pic.twitter.com/ki09dvIPFY— Shannon Halligan (@ShanHalligan) July 6, 2015
#USA #WorldCup2015 pic.twitter.com/ki09dvIPFY
Famous faces in the crowd
There were also some familiar KC faces in the crowd cheering on the team and celebrating the win.
😙 #SportingKC #USWNT pic.twitter.com/ikqLjrJJQp— Sporting Kansas City (@SportingKC) July 6, 2015
😙 #SportingKC #USWNT pic.twitter.com/ikqLjrJJQp