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Women's World Cup 2019: The path to USWNT's fourth title

Here is all you need to know about the 2019 Women's World Cup, including how the USWNT went undefeated en route to its second straight and fourth overall world title:

What's next for the USWNT?

The USWNT just won another Women's World Cup -- its second straight and fourth overall. It begs the question: How different will this team look moving forward? Graham Hays

  • Becky Sauerbrunn interview: The U.S. defender explained why now would be a good time for FIFA to improve the rewards offered to women's sides. Watch

USWNT wins second straight Women's World Cup

The USWNT beat the Netherlands 2-0 on Sunday to win its second straight World Cup title, marking only the second team to repeat as champions after Germany did it in 2003 and 2007. Here is the latest reaction and analysis from Lyon, France:

  • Game recap: A penalty kick from Megan Rapinoe sparks USWNT win over the Netherlands. Read
  • Key takeaways: Despite heroics from Netherlands goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal, a big second half from Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle led the USWNT to its fourth Cup crown. Read
  • Graham Hays: While the Americans won another World Cup, it's now clear that the rest of the universe is putting a dent in their soccer dominance. Read
  • Awards: Megan Rapinoe became only the second American woman to win the coveted Golden Boot. Read
  • Reaction: From Patriots QB Tom Brady to the Obamas, the world weighed in on the USWNT's latest World Cup win. Read

Round-by-round: The USWNT path to World Cup title, and more

  • Semifinals: Press, Rapinoe score to lead U.S. past England. USWNT
  • Quarterfinals: Megan Rapinoe, strong back line leads USWNT past host France. Read
  • Round of 16: Why the USWNT was underwhelming in its win against Spain. Watch
  • Australia's early exit: Grit and belief wouldn't be enough for Australia, nor would the magical foot of its skipper, Sam Kerr. Read
  • Sinclair's final Cup? At 36, Christine Sinclair, the legend of Canadian football, leaves France with just one goal and another disappointing team performance. Read
  • Brazil, Marta ousted by France: Captain Amandine Henry scored in extra time as the hosts beat Brazil 2-1 to send Les Bleues into the quarterfinals. Read

Hot topics from WWC 2019: VAR, pay equity and more

  • Video: Megan Rapinoe says she stands by her comments about not visiting the White House if the USWNT wins the World Cup. Watch
  • Tom Hamilton: VAR was implemented into the Women's World Cup with the best of intentions, but it has instead taken the focus away from the players' performances. Read
  • Sam Borden: The women in this year's World Cup have used their voices in this tournament to let the world know gender inequality won't be tolerated. Read

The '99ers: 20 years later

It was the team that changed it all for women's soccer -- and female athletes. Here are the golden memories of the USWNT of '99. Photos

  • Elaine Teng: Reflections from a Chinese American home during the 1999 Women's World Cup final. Even while banished to the other room for cheering for the U.S., this 9-year-old felt the world come together during an epic final. Read
  • Becky Sauerbrunn thanks her childhood hero, Carla Overbeck: I'll never forget the day I watched Carla Overbeck lead the '99ers to a World Cup title. Now I'm trying to win a second Cup with the USWNT. Read

ESPN FC Rank: The top female footballers in the world

We rank the top 25 female football players who are set to take over at the Women's World Cup 2019 in France. Simply put, they are the best of the best. Our list | En español | Em português

More preview stories from ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine:

  • Bonnie D. Ford: Why you won't see the world's best player at the Women's World Cup. Read
  • Allison Glock: Off the field, U.S. women's national team star Julie Ertz is a ball of sunshine. On the field, Ertz is a physical and technical threat, a ruthless midfielder who will be a key component for the USWNT's success at the Women's World Cup. Read
  • Ford: Wendie Renard shares the journey that took her 4,000 miles from home to a possible first championship with France. Read
  • Alyssa Roenigk: Australia's first women's soccer superstar knows her performance in the 2019 Women's World Cup could redefine what's possible for Aussie women. Read

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