A cloud of red, white, and blue confetti sprinkled down on a crowd of about 500 frenzied vuvuzela-blowing fans who gathered in City Hall Plaza on Sunday night and celebrated the United States’ victory over Japan in the Women’s World Cup final in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The 5-2 win was sweet for fans who recalled the teams’ last World Cup meeting, in the 2011 final, which Japan won on penalty kicks after an overtime tie.
“It feels amazing,” said Anthony Giallongo, 19, of Dorchester, who was sporting an American flag as a cape. “I remember last time, watching [Japan beat USA], so to beat Japan this time means the world.”
As midfielder Carli Lloyd scored in just the third minute of the game, then again in the sixth minute, the crowd erupted with joy, chanting “USA! USA!”
“We were here for the game on Tuesday when US played Germany, and that game was absolutely live, and this game has been ten times that,” said Kyle Doherty, 18, of Salem, who was part of a four-man crew with the letters U, S, and A and an exclamation point painted on their chests.
The good start for America ballooned into a 4-1 lead by halftime, and at that point the plaza was confidently chanting and celebrating.
“I think they’re going to win; I’m excited,” said 11-year-old Isabella Hughes of West Roxbury, herself a soccer player who was wearing a blue US jersey. “My favorite player is Alex Morgan.”
Among the crowd were members of the Boston Breakers, the city’s professional women’s soccer team. They were minus, however, their goalkeeper — Alyssa Naeher is a backup for the national team.
“It’s amazing that the city puts this event on,” Breakers captain Julie King said at halftime. “It means a lot for this many people to show up; it shows how far [women’s soccer] has come. With every World Cup, and with all of this success, it’s only going to make the game more popular.”