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Women’s World Cup final recap

*Sally Jenkins’ wonderful column about a wonderful match at the Women’s World Cup final between the United States and Japan in Germany.

*Chico Harlan describes the scene in Japan.

*What the front page of The Post main section and sports section look like today.

*Soccer America’s USA player ratings.

*Women’s World Cup final set a Twitter record.

*FIFA’s video highlight package from the final.

*Awaiting word on the USA’s post-World Cup tour. First, players will return to their WPS clubs for the final stretch of the regular season.

*Former Washington Freedom players were responsible for 11 goals in the tournament: Homare Sawa’s five, Abby Wambach’s four, Lisa De Vanna’s one and Sonia Bompastor’s one. Sawa was awarded the Golden Ball as tournament MVP, Wambach the Silver Ball as runner-up. Hope Solo won the Bronze Ball for third place.

Solo: “I truly believed that this was our tournament to win and I felt that the entire time. It’s heartbreaking, but at the same time I think there was something bigger pulling for Japan. They were the team of the tournament and if there’s any team we’re going to lose to, I tip my hat off to them because they have so much class and play with so much passion and they fought and they fought and I really do have so much respect for the team.”

*I will host a live online chat at 10 a.m. ET today. Submit your questions and follow along.

*Video from a fan viewing party in Prince William County, home of USA defender Ali Krieger:

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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