U.S. women celebrate World Cup win in Los Angeles

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!"

U.S. has oldest players

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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

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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."

--Austin Knoblauch

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."

--Austin Knoblauch

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.

-- Austin Knoblauch

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.

--Austin Knoblauch

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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.

-- Austin Knoblauch

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.

-- Austin Knoblauch

After the party, more parties, then Rio

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

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Festive crowd on hand at L.A. Live

The U.S. women's soccer team will see plenty of red, white and blue when it takes the stage for today's World cup championship rally in about half an hour.

-- Austin Knoblauch

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Crowd chanting 'USA! USA!'

The crowd gathered at L.A. Live for today's World Cup rally is in extra-time form.

-- Austin Knoblauch

Showing their support

Hundreds of fans are on hand at L.A. Live to celebrate the U.S. women's soccer team's World Cup victory over Japan.

Times photographer Allen Schaben tweeted out a couple of photos from the scene:

-- Austin Knoblauch

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The fans are out in force

Fans might arrive late for games at Dodger Stadium, but it appears no one will be tardy for the U.S. women's soccer team's World cup rally.

A large number of fans were at L.A. Live more than hour before the start of the 11 a.m. rally.

-- Austin Knoblauch

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Large crowd gathering outside Staples Center

A good-sized crowd has already congregated outside Staples Center for the U.S. women's soccer team World Cup rally.

The rally is set to start at 11 a.m.

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Photos from World Cup win

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While we wait for the start of the U.S. women's soccer team's World Cup victory rally, click the "Read More" link below to check out photos from its win over Japan.

-- Austin Knoblauch

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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.

-- Austin Knoblauch

Women's World Cup rally starts at 11 a.m.

Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

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.

-- Sarah Parvini

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