USWNT top Brazil on Lindsey Horan goal to win inaugural W Gold Cup

Lindsey Horan's goal in first-half stoppage time gave the United States women's national team sole possession of the W Gold Cup following a 1-0 win over Brazil on Sunday night at SnapDragon Stadium in San Diego.

Launched this year, the women's Gold Cup saw the Yanks slump to a shock defeat versus Mexico in the group stage but rally to reach the final and slow down the 11th-ranked team by FIFA.

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The No. 2 Yanks had 45% possession and were out-attempted 12-7 but put six of their shots on target. One of those was Emily Fox's long, lofted cross from the right that Horan rose to head home seconds after the clock read 45:00.

The win makes an up-and-down tournament a big success for interim boss Twila Kilgore, who is tasked with getting the USWNT ready for the arrival of new coach and current Chelsea boss Emma Hayes ahead of a massive summer that includes a quest to reclaim Olympic glory.

Lyon star Horan is the captain of the USWNT, and played all but seven minutes of the tournament after sitting out the opener against heavy underdogs Dominican Republic. Jaedyn Shaw was awarded the Golden Ball and goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher — who stopped three penalties in the semifinal and scored one, too — won the Golden Glove,

Brazil ended Mexico's run in the semifinal and have not lost. Early slim wins over Puerto Rico and Colombia gave way to blowouts of Panama and Argentina. Beatriz and Gabriela may be familiar names on the world scene but new heroes are arriving daily since world legend Marta retired this summer.

Lindsey Horan goal video: USWNT captain scores tournament winner