U.S. women celebrate World Cup win in Los Angeles
Midfielder Megan Rapinoe hoists the trophy the team was awarded for winning the Women’s World Cup.(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Midfielder Carli Lloyd celebrates the U.S. women’s national soccer team’s World Cup victory with teammates and fans at a rally Tuesday in downtown Los Angeles.(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)
The U.S. soccer team celebrates its victory in the Women’s World Cup at L.A. Live’s Microsoft Square.(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Goalkeeper Hope Solo and her teammates watch a short video at a rally celebrating the U.S. women’s national soccer team’s World Cup victory on Tuesday at L.A. Live.(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)
Fans are fired up at the chance to honor the U.S. women’s soccer team in its first public appearance since winning the World Cup.(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Thousands of fans cheer the U.S. team members.(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Young soccer fans wait to celebrate with members of the U.S. national soccer team, who were making their first public appearance since winning the FIFA Women’s World Cup.(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Fans and flags turned out to honor the U.S. women’s national soccer team.(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Members of the Women’s World Cup championship U.S. soccer team rejoice with fans at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles.(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
The U.S. women's soccer team celebrated its World Cup victory at L.A. Live in Los Angeles on Tuesday. The team arrived in L.A. on Monday, a day after its 5-2 World Cup victory over Japan in Vancouver, Canada.
Sights from the rally
'I believe that we just won'
A chant 16 years in the making.
A great celebration
Players leave the stage
The rally doesn't last long, but the fans chant "I believe we just won" a final time as the players walk offstage.
Players pass around World cup trophy
Abby Wambach leads celebration chant
U.S. women's soccer team captain Abby Wambach thanked the fans before leaving the crowd in a chant of, "I believe that we just won!"
Just before her chant, Wambach shouted, "We won the World Cup, baby!"
The U.S. had the oldest team in the World Cup with 10 players age 30 or older. Three of them -- Christie Rampone, Abby Wambach and Shannon Boxx -- may stick around for next summer's Olympics but no further.
Others have decisions to make. Goalkeeper Hope Solo will be closing in on her 38th birthday when the next World Cup kicks off. And Carli Lloyd, who promised to return, by then will be weeks short of her 37th birthday.
-- Kevin Baxter
Carli Lloyd praises fans for support
Carli Lloyd, who scored three goals in the World Cup finale, thanked the fans for their support.
"It feels great to be a world champion, Lloyd said.
"Every day it feels great to wake up as a world champion, and that feeling doesn't get old."
Hope Solo happy to be in L.A.
Goalkeeper Hope Solo was the first player to speak at the rally.
"You guys have been the most awesome of fans throughout the World Cup.
"I'm honored to be an American, I'm honored to be on the team and I'm honored to play for you guys and the country."
Megan Rapinoe could be a ring announcer
U.S. star Megan Rapinoe took it upon herself to introduce her teammates to the crowd at L.A. Live.
Her drawn-out approach to announcing their names could give ring announcer Michael Buffer some competition.
Coach Jill Ellis first to speak at rally
Coach Jill Ellis was the first to speak during the U.S. women's soccer team's World Cup championship rally.
“Unbelievable," Ellis said. "I can't tell you how excited we are to have L.A. as our first stop."
Ellis went on to thank the fans for their support.
Team about to take the stage
It looks like there is a big crowd on hand to celebrate the U.S. women's soccer team's World Cup title.
Passionate fans waiting for team
The Lakers aren't the only team that can draw a championship crowd at L.A. Live. It seems fans of the U.S. women's soccer team are just as passionate as their purple-and-gold counterparts.
Next up for the U.S. women's team is a 10-game victory tour next month that is expected to stop in Southern California during the fall.
That will leave Jill Ellis and her coaching staff little time to prepare for the U.S. team's next big test, the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
-- Kevin Baxter
Crowd chanting 'USA! USA!'
The crowd gathered at L.A. Live for today's World Cup rally is in extra-time form.
U.S. women's soccer team in L.A.
On Monday, the U.S. women's soccer team arrived at LAX following their 5-2 victory over Japan in the Women's World Cup final. The Times' Kent Nishimura was there to capture their arrival.
Women's World Cup rally starts at 11 a.m.
Coming off their World Cup championship in Vancouver, Canada, the U.S. women's national soccer team will greet fans at the L.A. Live entertainment complex. The free public celebration is set to begin at 11 a.m.
The Times will have a livestream of the rally on Periscope. Be sure to follow it later this morning @LATimes.
And be sure to check back here for the latest updates from the celebration.
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