In a perfect world, I would have watched the US Women’s National Team brutally defeat Japan for the FIFA Women’s World Cup final from the comfort of my own living room, surrounded by friends, eating appetizers that I prepared myself, and wearing my USA jersey. When the ball hit the back of the net, the neighbors would have had to call the cops because of all the noise we would have made. And there would have been pictures from the occasion worthy of a Super Bowl ad, only much better, because it’s for football, not American football.
But the world is not perfect.
Instead, I watched the game from my Aunt & Uncle’s house with Andrew as company for only the second half. Because, A) they have cable, and B) living room furniture, while C) we do not, yet. And the game-day vision was even less complete because I didn’t have time to stop for food, let alone cook because yesterday I had to pick up the dogs from the trainer’s (in Austin), which took an additional 2 hours longer than it should have because of I35 traffic. I got home as soon as I could, took quick shower – because after 5 hours on the road with smelly dogs, I was equally smelly – and then bolted the distance to watch the game.
So there are no cool images of me celebrating the game with my friends, fan-girling like there’s a revival of N’SYNC (pretty please!!!). But, I hope you will be satisfied with a series of reaction GIFS to the game’s goals in sequence. Enjoy…
‘3 Carli Lloyd capitalizes the cross.
‘5 Carli Lloyd does it again – Holy Cannoli!!
’14 Lauren Holiday puts the third goal in the back of the net.
’16 Carli Lloyd gets a hat trick
’27 Yuki Ogimi gets one past Hope Solo.
52′ Julie Johnston accidentally lets in an own goal for Japan.
’54 Tobin Heath sinks one in the back of the net making the score 5 – 2
And then, ’79 Abby Wamback subbed in for Tobin Heath.
And then …
The whistle blows and the USA has won the world cup.
And then there are the awards and Team USA lifts the World Cup trophy over their heads…
And this is me:
Truly wonderful World Cup. ‘Til 2019