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U.S. Women’s Team Going for Historic “Threepeat”

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U.S. Women’s Team Going for Historic “Threepeat”
Team USA celebrates their victory at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Photo: Getty Images

Can they become the first team (men or women) to win three back-to-back-to-back World Cups? Only three other teams have won back-to-back: Italy’s men’s team in 1934 and 1938; Brazil’s men’s team in 1958 and 1962; and Germany’s women’s team in 2003 and 2007. And while other teams have three Cups, no one’s ever won three times in a row. (Plus a handful of their top players out are on injury, the majority of the roster is young and has never played in a World Cup before, and there are a ton of international teams catching up to them in skill in power.)

The answer is yes, yes they can. ⚽ ⚽ ⚽ ⚽ ⚽ They kick off the Cup against Vietnam on Friday at 9 p.m. ET.

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