VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) For a few moments over the past month, the Women’s World Cup seemed to push aside the FIFA scandal that is simmering a half planet away.Those moments came on the pitch: From upstart Cameroon crashing the party in the knockout stage, to England’s fantastic run, to host Canada’s tournament-opening victory on star Christine Sinclair’s stoppage-time penalty kick.And of course, Carli Lloyd’s hat trick in a 5-2 victory for the United States in the final against Japan.Despite the controversy over the artificial turf and questions about who would present the championship trophy, the Women’s World Cup was a resounding success, setting records for attendance and TV ratings. The corruption case enveloping the sport’s world governing body at least temporarily took a backseat to the Beautiful Game.In many ways, FIFA can thank the Americans.The second-ranked U.S. women started out the monthlong tournament across Canada as one of the favorites, but there were questions along the way about a sputtering offense and U.S. coach Jill Ellis’ tactics.Steadily the United States, which didn’t drop a match, gained momentum. Boosted by stellar defense, Ellis made a key shift late in the tournament, moving Lloyd up top as an attacking midfielder and… Read full this story
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