17 awesome photos of the US winning the Women's World Cup

The US scored four goals in the first 15 minutes and went on to win the Women’s World Cup final 5-2 in one of the great American soccer performances ever.

While the US has long been a superpower in women’s soccer, this was the first World Cup title for this generation of US players.

The unbelievable first half onslaught, as well as the postgame celebration, led to some fantastic photos from Getty, AP, and Reuters photographers.

We’ve collected our favourite photos from an iconic night below.

Abby Wambach rushes to the stands to embrace her wife after the final whistle.

Alex Morgan celebrates in the back of the net after Japan's comeback is squashed at 5-2.

An iconic photo of Japan goalie Ayumi Kaihori watching Carli Lloyd's halfway-line goal hit the back of the net.

Megan Rapinoe (in shadow) celebrates Carli Lloyd's insane goal before it hits the back of the net.

Alex Morgan breaks down while wrapped in an American flag.

Megan Rapinoe celebrates her first World Cup win.

Carli Lloyd gets mobbed by her teammates.

A very excited Julie Johnston anticipates her teammates lifting the trophy.

A familiar sight in the first 15 minutes.

Abby Wambach wins her first World Cup.

USWNT players chase Carli Lloyd around the pitch after her halfway-line goal.

Japan players hopeless during the first half onslaught.

Carli Lloyd falls to her knees after the final whistle.

Megan Rapinoe and Heather O'Reilly celebrate the win.

Tobin Heath goes nuts after her second-half goal.

The first US goal from behind the net.

The agony of defeat for Japan.

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