6 things to know about this year's Women's World Cup even if you're not a sports fan.

The U.S. goes for their third World Cup championship when they take on Japan on July 5.

This year's Women's World Cup has been nothing short of awesome.

Close games, unbelievable goals, and last-minute heroics have been written all over this year's tournament. As seems to always be the case, Team USA is dominating. (The women's team's dominance is a nice counter-balance to the men's team's sometimes less-than-awesome results.)

Even if you've missed some of it, here are six things you should know about the 2015 U.S. women's national team going into the game.


Team USA celebrates after beating Germany in the semifinals on June 30, 2015, looking as chill as possible. Photo by Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images.

1. The U.S. defense is just totally, unstoppably impenetrable.

The team hasn't given up a goal since the 27th minute of their first round game against Australia. Going into the final, that's 513 consecutive minutes of play without giving up a goal!

Hope Solo punches the ball away during the June 12, 2015, game against Sweden. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images.

2. Everybody scores the points! No ball-hogging here.

When it comes to scoring goals, Team USA is all about sharing the wealth. Going into Sunday's final, Carli Lloyd has three goals, Megan Rapinoe has two, and Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, Christen Press, and Kelley O'Hara each have one. When it comes to putting points on the board, these players are scrappy and spread the ball around.

Kelley O'Hara (left) celebrates scoring a goal in the June 30, 2015, semifinal match against Germany. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images.

3. It's probably the last World Cup for scoring legend Abby Wambach.

The 35-year-old forward is the all-time U.S. leader in goals scored in international play, with 183, and Sunday's game might be the last time Abby Wambach will take the field in a World Cup match. This may be your last chance to see her in action!

Abby Wambach walks out to the field before taking on Germany on June 30, 2015. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images.

When she set the record in June 2013 with her 159th goal, previous record holder Mia Hamm offered congratulations.

4. The team is an inspiring model of inclusiveness in sports.

There are four out lesbian or bisexual members of the team, including head coach Jill Ellis and players Ali Krieger, Megan Rapinoe, and Abby Wambach. As sports tend not to be havens of LGBT inclusion, Team USA has some much-needed representation.

Megan Rapinoe celebrates after the win against Germany. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images.

5. They've been here before (1991 and 1999 champions)!

The U.S. team came home victorious in both the 1991 and 1999 World Cup, which drove a generation of young girls into soccer.

The 1991 team featured legends like Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, and Michelle Akers, as well as some incredible '90s style. Photo by Tommy Cheng/AFP/Getty Images.

The team has been nothing short of dominant — they have never finished lower than third. (The U.S. men's national team, on the other hand, has finished in the top three just once in 20 World Cup tournaments — in 1930.)

6. For the first time in Women's World Cup history, the final will be a rematch!

Just four years ago, the U.S. lost in a heartbreaking final match to Japan, decided on penalty kicks. On Sunday, the teams will line up again with the championship on the line.

In 2011, Japan won the World Cup by defeating the U.S. 3-1 in a shootout after finishing tied 2-2. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images.

There so many reasons to cheer in this game. Good luck, Team USA!

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Leah Menzies had no idea her deceased mother was her boyfriend's kindergarten teacher.

When you start dating the love of your life, you want to share it with the people closest to you. Sadly, 18-year-old Leah Menzies couldn't do that. Her mother died when she was 7, so she would never have the chance to meet the young woman's boyfriend, Thomas McLeodd. But by a twist of fate, it turns out Thomas had already met Leah's mom when he was just 3 years old. Leah's mom was Thomas' kindergarten teacher.

The couple, who have been dating for seven months, made this realization during a visit to McCleodd's house. When Menzies went to meet his family for the first time, his mom (in true mom fashion) insisted on showing her a picture of him making a goofy face. When they brought out the picture, McLeodd recognized the face of his teacher as that of his girlfriend's mother.

Menzies posted about the realization moment on TikTok. "Me thinking my mum (who died when I was 7) will never meet my future boyfriend," she wrote on the video. The video shows her and McLeodd together, then flashes to the kindergarten class picture.

“He opens this album and then suddenly, he’s like, ‘Oh my God. Oh my God — over and over again,” Menzies told TODAY. “I couldn’t figure out why he was being so dramatic.”

Obviously, Menzies is taking great comfort in knowing that even though her mother is no longer here, they can still maintain a connection. I know how important it was for me to have my mom accept my partner, and there would definitely be something missing if she wasn't here to share in my joy. It's also really incredible to know that Menzies' mother had a hand in making McLeodd the person he is today, even if it was only a small part.

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“It’s incredible that that she knew him," Menzies said. "What gets me is that she was standing with my future boyfriend and she had no idea.”

Since he was only 3, McLeodd has no actual memory of Menzies' mother. But his own mother remembers her as “kind and really gentle.”

The TikTok has understandably gone viral and the comments are so sweet and positive.

"No the chills I got omggg."

"This is the cutest thing I have watched."

"It’s as if she remembered some significance about him and sent him to you. Love fate 😍✨"

In the caption of the video, she said that discovering the connection between her boyfriend and her mom was "straight out of a movie." And if you're into romantic comedies, you're definitely nodding along right now.

Menzies and McLeodd made a follow-up TikTok to address everyone's positive response to their initial video and it's just as sweet. The young couple sits together and addresses some of the questions they noticed pop up. People were confused that they kept saying McLeodd was in kindergarten but only 3 years old when he was in Menzies' mother's class. The couple is Australian and Menzies explained that it's the equivalent of American preschool.

They also clarified that although they went to high school together and kind of knew of the other's existence, they didn't really get to know each other until they started dating seven months ago. So no, they truly had no idea that her mother was his teacher. Menzies revealed that she "didn't actually know that my mum taught at kindergarten."

"I just knew she was a teacher," she explained.

She made him act out his reaction to seeing the photo, saying he was "speechless," and when she looked at the photo she started crying. McLeodd recognized her mother because of the pictures Menzies keeps in her room. Cue the "awws," because this is so cute, I'm kvelling.

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Actions speak far louder than words.

It never fails. After a tragic mass shooting, social media is filled with posts offering thoughts and prayers. Politicians give long-winded speeches on the chamber floor or at press conferences asking Americans to do the thing they’ve been repeatedly trained to do after tragedy: offer heartfelt thoughts and prayers. When no real solution or plan of action is put forth to stop these senseless incidents from occurring so frequently in a country that considers itself a world leader, one has to wonder when we will be honest with ourselves about that very intangible automatic phrase.

Comedian Anthony Jeselnik brilliantly summed up what "thoughts and prayers" truly mean. In a 1.5-minute clip, Jeselnik talks about victims' priorities being that of survival and not wondering if they’re trending at that moment. The crowd laughs as he mimics the actions of well-meaning social media users offering thoughts and prayers after another mass shooting. He goes on to explain how the act of performatively offering thoughts and prayers to victims and their families really pulls the focus onto the author of the social media post and away from the event. In the short clip he expertly expresses how being performative on social media doesn’t typically equate to action that will help victims or enact long-term change.

Of course, this isn’t to say that thoughts and prayers aren’t welcomed or shouldn’t be shared. According to Rabbi Jack Moline "prayer without action is just noise." In a world where mass shootings are so common that a video clip from 2015 is still relevant, it's clear that more than thoughts and prayers are needed. It's important to examine what you’re doing outside of offering thoughts and prayers on social media. In another several years, hopefully this video clip won’t be as relevant, but at this rate it’s hard to see it any differently.

Moricz was banned from speaking up about LGBTQ topics. He found a brilliant workaround.

Senior class president Zander Moricz was given a fair warning: If he used his graduation speech to criticize the “Don’t Say Gay” law, then his microphone would be shut off immediately.

Moricz had been receiving a lot of attention for his LGBTQ activism prior to the ceremony. Moricz, an openly gay student at Pine View School for the Gifted in Florida, also organized student walkouts in protest and is the youngest public plaintiff in the state suing over the law formally known as the Parental Rights in Education law, which prohibits the discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity in grades K-3.

Though well beyond third grade, Moricz nevertheless was also banned from speaking up about the law, gender or sexuality. The 18-year-old tweeted, “I am the first openly-gay Class President in my school’s history–this censorship seems to show that they want me to be the last.”

However, during his speech, Moricz still delivered a powerful message about identity. Even if he did have to use a clever metaphor to do it.

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