The United States defeats Brazil and wins the first women's soccer Gold Cup | today's news

Team USA celebrates winning the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup Final between the USA and Brazil at Snapdragon Stadium in San Diego, California, on March 10, 2024. (Photo by Sandy Hoffaker/AFP)

Photo: AFP – Sandy Hoffaker

The United States beat Brazil 1-0 on Sunday and were crowned champions of the inaugural Women's Gold Cup in front of 31,500 fans in San Diego (California).

Captain Lindsay Horan scored the winning goal for the locals with a header in the 45+1 minute in front of the crowded stands at Snapdragon Stadium.

The United States, four-time world champions, put the finishing touch on their irregular tournament with a narrow victory over Brazil, winners of the last Copa America, who reached this final with a total of five victories. One of them was against the Colombian national team 3-0 in the quarter-finals.

“I am very proud of the team,” said Horan, the Olympique Lyonnais midfielder.

“We achieved victory again,” admitted Lohan, who last year was part of the US team that disappointed at the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand by exiting in the round of 16. “It was a difficult match. Brazil challenged us in a different way.”

The two teams, who also used the tournament to prepare for the upcoming Paris Olympics, witnessed another episode in their long history of confrontations on major stages, which includes two victories in North America in the finals of the 2004 and 2008 Olympics.

The United States, which was in the process of rebuilding to regain its international dominance, suffered a heavy blow when it fell to Mexico in the group stage, but then showed its pride in overcoming obstacles until the final match.

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The Canarena team, one of the four South American teams invited to participate in the new Concacaf tournament, looked in better shape for the final match after crushing wins over Argentina (5-1) and in-form Mexico (3-0).

“I really liked the team, it was very competitive against a great opponent. This tournament was very important for us,” said Brazilian coach Arthur Elias.

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