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Cup finals often can be dramatic, but instead the U.S. put on an absolute show in their Women's World Cup-clinching victory over Japan. They scored within three minutes, added a second goal two minutes later, and had an incredible four within the first 16 minutes of action. The final was 5-2.

Noted soccer fan Kobe Bryant had a fun time live-tweeting the first half, going from excited to impressed to downright blown away as Carli Lloyd scored three of America's four goals -- including one, the USA's fourth, from the halfway line:

The Los Angeles Lakers star was far from alone. Other NBAers were into it:

Fellow U.S. footballers appeared to enjoy it:

Athletes who play(ed) the "other" football also couldn't get enough:

Some baseball stars:

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was among a few NASCAR drivers who got a chance to see the action as rain delayed the start of the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona:

A golfer who knows a thing or two about breaking records enjoyed it:

And of course, celebrities and politicians made their feelings heard:

U.S.A

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Hours before the United States' game against Japan in the Women's World Cup final, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson paused a workout to send a message to the team.

He still made this clear: "This is not a video to inspire you in any way. You guys are already inspired, you're already there, you're already in that head space. You know the opportunity that's in front of you. This video is just to let you know how much you've inspired me."

He also got a little excited -- unable to stop himself from cursing a couple of times. Check it out:

H/T For The Win

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Team USA in the Gold Cup

Team USA men's soccer kicks off its Gold Cup campaign Tuesday with a match against Belize. The team has had a great deal of success at the Gold Cup, but hasn't won since 2007, losing to Mexico in the final of both the 2009 and 2011 tournament. With Landon Donovan making his return and the team playing well in World Cup qualifying, this might be the year that the trophy returns to the United States.

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Team USA wins three straight

It's now three straight wins for the U.S. men's soccer team in their bid to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Team USA has been solid on both sides of the ball, only allowing one goal in wins over Jamaica, Panama and Honduras, a team who defeated the U.S. 2-1 in February. Has their recent win streak piqued your interest in men's soccer?

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