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Carli Ranks #7 - Carli Lloyd’s Hat Trick, 2015 Women’s World Cup

Sixteen minutes. That’s all it took to transform Carli Lloyd from star to icon to legend. Sixteen minutes, three goals, one World Cup. Lloyd dominated the 2015 World Cup final the way few ever have, scoring two goals on set pieces and a third from nearly midfield, the equivalent of a sharpshooter feeling it and pulling up from the center-court logo. To play with that kind of abandon, that kind of freedom, that kind of fearlessness in the most important game of your life … that’s a special combination of skill and courage, and it marked Lloyd as one of the most remarkable players in World Cup history, male or female. Oh, and the U.S. won 5-2, but you probably could have guessed that.

Article written by Jay Busbee