Brandi Chastain

Another chance for U.S. women to lift their sport

LONDON — Before the largest crowd to ever watch a women's Olympic soccer match, in a stadium synonymous with what Europeans call football, the U.S. won gold and with it, another chance for the sport to become less of a quadrennial attraction back home.

"Eighty thousand for a women's final?" said Carli Lloyd, who scored both goals for the U.S. in a 2-1 victory over Japan Thursday at Wembley Stadium. "That says a lot about women's soccer, and women's sports."

The match nearly filled the storied stadium, home to the English national team. The announced crowd of 80,203 was loud and proud, with multiple Japanese and American flags hanging from balconies and...