Columbia celebrates U.S. women’s soccer victory

Photos taken by Allen Wallace at Craft and Draft.

July 4 is the U.S.A.’s birthday. The nation’s women’s soccer team made the celebration last through the weekend.

With the Women’s World Cup final kicking off at 11 a.m. local time Sunday, businesses all over Columbia opened early to accommodate the red, white and blue fans, and the team did not disappoint.

From British Bulldog Pub in Harbison, to Cock and Bull Pub in Rosewood, to Craft and Draft on Devine Street, supporters gathered to cheer on the U.S. women, who were trying for their second consecutive World Cup championship and fourth overall.

The first half was relatively quiet, as the Netherlands’ defense held, keeping the game scoreless. After the break, however, everything changed, and the crowds roared as Megan Rapinoe gave the U.S. the lead, and again as Rose Lavelle added a second goal to all but end it.

“We’re just the best, and these women work so hard to do it. We wanted to come out and show our support,” said Callie Morris, who said she had watched every U.S. World Cup match, and came with her three roommates to watch the final Sunday.

At Craft and Draft, where dogs are welcome, the final whistle led to not only cheers but also barking, as the four-legged fans joined the celebration.

Rapinoe was awarded the Golden Ball for the tournament’s most outstanding player, with Lavelle receiving the Bronze Ball for third place in the voting.

Rapinoe and U.S. teammate Alex Morgan tied for leading scorer in the tournament, with six goals and three assists each.

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