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Happy 1 year anniversary of Carli Lloyd’s World Cup hat trick

Remember that time Carli Lloyd did the thing

USA v Japan: Final - FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images

Yesterday might have been July 4, but today is still America Day, because it’s the one-year anniversary of Carli Lloyd scoring her hat trick against Japan in 13 minutes in the 2015 World Cup final.

Please take a moment to relieve the glory and the splendor in the clip below.

Goal 1: The United States gets a corner kick in the 3’. Rapinoe stands over it and sends a low, hard ball into the box. Carli LLoyd QUANTUM LEAPS IN OUT OF NOWHERE, runs onto the ball, and drives it into the net with a one-time shot. It nutmegs one of the Japanese defenders on the way.

Goal 2: The US has a free kick outside the 18 in the 6’. Lauren Holiday sends a low, bouncy ball into traffic. Julie Johnston flicks it with her heel. Japanese defenders are scrambling, trying to get a foot on this loosey goosey ball. Carli Lloyd once again sprints in from the wilderness behind an unsuspecting Japanese defender, who only too late realizes that Carli Lloyd has arrived and is helpless to do much but collide with her teammate desperately trailing after Lloyd. Let Carli Lloyd run unmarked into your box once, shame on her. Let Carli Lloyd run unmarked into your box twice, what what what are you doing look at your life look at your defending.

Goal 3: It’s the 16’. It’s 3-0 off a third goal by Lauren Holiday. Carli Lloyd has awoken from a quick power nap, the only possible excuse for waiting another 10 whole minutes to score. Japan has a bad turnover in American territory. Lloyd picks up the ball outside the center circle. She touches it around a Japanese player and carries it to the halfway line. Japanese goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori is, as you might expect with your team pushed so high, off her line. Lloyd does not care for expectations. Barely a step past the midfield line, she thumps the ball with her right foot for herself, her team, and her country. Kaihori backpedals desperately, like a company that has made an offensive advertisement and then been called out in a harsh internet post. She doesn’t make it. The ball brushes almost contemptuously past her outstretched glove and bounces obediently into the net, and Lloyd’s hat trick is complete.

It was a brawny spectacle of a game, with Lloyd resplendent in the face of a shocked and defensively shambolic Japanese team. It was such a crazy ride that to this day no one remembers and/or cares that Julie Johnston scored an own goal in a World Cup final. See, you’re scratching your head right now going “Oh yeah, what minute was that?” It was the 52’ and it made it 4-2 and literally no one cared because there was such a feeling of American momentum that there was never any real worry that it would help Japan make up the deficit. And sure enough, less than two minutes later, Tobin Heath made it 5-2, which would become the final score.

Where do you go after a World Cup hat trick? The Olympic podium, hopefully, with a gold medal around her neck. The United States kicks off its Brazil 2016 campaign with a pre-Olympic camp, with the 18-player roster to be named soon. Lloyd has timed to a nicety her recovery from an MCL injury playing with the Houston Dash, and should be 100% for Rio, with a little time to knock off the rust with a couple of friendlies beforehand.

The WNT will play South Africa in the first of these friendlies on Saturday, July 9 at Soldier Field in Chicago. Kickoff is at 1 PM ET and the game will air on FS1.