If you haven’t watched Telemundo sportscaster Andres Cantor’s calls of Carli Lloyd’s trio of goals at this year’s FIFA World Cup, you’re missing out on life; you’ll never want to watch soccer in English, or any other language, again. Treat yourself to Cantor’s Holy Ghost-tinged caterwauling following the Houston Dash and U.S. Women’s National Team captain’s hat-trick goal from midfield. After the announcer’s 38-second scream of “GOAL!”, America went on to win the match and the World Cup title, and Carli Lloyd and her Houston Dash teammates shot to a higher realm of sports superstardom.
"I can’t keep up with what state we’re in. We’ve been flying all over the place," said Lloyd at a press conference last Sunday with fellow Dash players Morgan Brian and Meghan Klingenberg following a whirlwind victory tour. "We’ve inspired a nation—little girls, little boys, teenagers, moms, grandmoms. We’ve inspired everybody."
According to Nielsen, the FIFA Women's World Cup title match brought in the most viewers in televised soccer history. American viewership reached 22.86 million—compare that to 23.5 million viewers for Game 7 of last year’s MLB World Series.
"With the ticker-tape parade and the amount of coverage we’ve had this World Cup, it’s been huge and I think everybody across the world is gravitating toward us," said Lloyd.
After the win, Lloyd and Co. set off on a long-winded victory lap with stops in New York City for an old school ticker-tape parade, an onstage appearance at a Taylor Swift concert (because of course), and stops in other major cities to hoist up the trophy, before lacing up for a return to regular season play.
Even though BBVA Compass Stadium still held empty sections of orange seats at Sunday’s match against the Chicago Red Stars, the Dash players and their US Women’s National Team compatriots have shined a truly bright light on their sport.
"I think what we did was a huge turning point and we’ve now etched our name in history. Ten, twenty years from now people will be talking about this moment and this team," noted Lloyd.