The final between the U.S. WNT and Brazil finished scoreless, which meant Brazil claimed the title Sunday afternoon in the Mané Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia, Brazil.
Brazil won the tiebreaker in the final because it finished with a better placement in group play, finishing atop the standings with nine points, while the U.S. were second with four points.
The final match was uneventful as Brazil played defensively knowing that a draw would make them champions of the warm up tournament ahead of next summer’s World Cup.
The Brazilians dominated possession throughout the game, but did not create too many scoring chances in the rainy conditions.
Hope Solo saved a shot from distance and maintained control of her penalty area to secure her 11th shutout of 2014 and the 78th of her career for the red, white, and blue.
The best chances fell to the U.S., but they could not capitalize.
In the 60th minute, a ball from midfield was sent through for Tobin Heath, but Brazilian goalkeeper Luciana raced off her line and cleared the ball before Heath arrived.
With four minutes remaining and knowing a draw would see Brazil get the title, U.S. defender Beck Sauerbrunn headed a Megan Rapinoe corner kick on goal, but Luciana did well to rise up and make the save.
In one last, desperate push forward to score the all-important goal, Carli Lloyd had the ball in the back of the net, but was ruled out for offsides. The call was controversial as Amy Rodriguez, who was ruled offside, did not seem to interfere with the play.
Just a minute later, the referee blew the final whistle to the delight of Brazil and the 11,000 fans in the stadium.
It has been a fairly disappointing December for the U.S. WNT, with the U.S. falling to second place in the tournament and the FIFA World Rankings.
Head coach Jill Ellis has a few more friendlies to determine her best lineup before the FIFA World Cup kicks off in June 2015.
The Americans will travel to Europe in February to play France and England, both of whom qualified for next summer’s event.
The U.S. will be playing Asian Cup runners-up Australia, European powerhouse Sweden, and African champions Nigeria in the group stage of the World Cup, so Ellis will need to improve results if the U.S. is to win their first World Cup since 1999.