Rapinoe scored on a penalty kick in the 61st minute, thanks in part to video assistant referee technology, while Lavelle's blast past Netherlands goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal, who stood on her head with four first-half saves, doubled the USA lead.
Here, she allowed her team to withstand an onslaught from the holders towards half-time, saving well from Julie Ertz and bettering that by producing two superb stops in quick succession in the 38th minute, keeping out a Samantha Mewis header and then turning the ball onto the post when Alex Morgan diverted Rapinoe's low centre towards goal. He knows that I know.
"Everyone's is kind of asking what's next and what we want to come of all this", she said. I think we're done with, 'Are we worth it?
"We have to do the job; we have to get to the finals and win prizes and medals, and that's what we do".
It was a hard-fought battle between the USA and the Netherlands.
Lavelle, at 24 the team's up-and-coming star, added a goal on an 18-foot left-footed shot in the 69th after a solo run up the center of the field.
Van Veenendaal kept out the dominant U.S. until Rapinoe broke the Netherlands' resistance in the 61st minute with a penalty awarded after a VAR check for a foul on Morgan.
Rapinoe drew the ire of U.S. President Trump during the tournament by saying she and teammates would refuse to visit the White House, part of the team's wider push for gender equity.
Shortly after the team's win Sunday in Lyon, France, Mayor Bill de Blasio took to Twitter to announce a parade in the team's honor on Wednesday. It was physical evidence of the moment in the 59th minute that changed a scoreless and increasingly nervy Women's World Cup final, when Dutch defender Stefanie van der Gragt hit Morgan with a high boot in the box that caused the American center forward to hit the ground yet again in this tournament.
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The top seed will take on American Alison Riske in the fourth round on Monday. "Today at 4-1, that was a really important game". Switching to clay, her least successful surface, she reached the finals in Rabat and Rome, and then the semis of Roland Garros.
"It's just chemistry. They put their hearts and soul into this journey", Ellis said. Telemundo and Telemundo Deportes will also broadcast the U.S. -Netherlands match live. There were also 146 goals at the 2015 World Cup.
Members of the United States team celebrate at the end of the Women's World Cup final soccer match between USA and The Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France, Sunday, July 7, 2019.
Van Veenendaal's big performance, and similar heroics in the semi-final against Sweden, were enough to earn her the golden glove for goalkeeper of the tournament. The Netherlands has already secured its first ever finals berth and best tournament finish. On July 3, they took on Sweden in a matchup that went scoreless for almost 100 minutes.
While her country's leader tweeted again, this time to offer his congratulations to the team, coach Ellis summed up Rapinoe's influence on women's football - and the global stage - in one sentence.
Mr. Trump clashed in recent days with Megan Rapinoe, a key star on the team who said in a video from earlier this year that surfaced online recently that she is not "going to the f-ing White House" after the tournament.
Rapinoe was given a standing ovation by the crowd when she subbed out in the 79th minute.
But ask Van de Donk about the scenes back home and the fan walks in France, and she is nearly oblivious - not because she doesn't care, but because she doesn't know.
Those questions were drowned out after the first match against Thailand - in which the Americans won 13-0.