For years, the United States women's soccer team has been talked about as dominant in the sport, and Sunday's convincing 2 to 0 win over Holland in the World Cup final in France was more proof that their greatness is valid.

But the win Sunday was more than just validation of a great women's soccer team, it was proof that they just might be one of the greatest teams in all of sports history.

A stretch, you say? Think about it.

In the eight women's World Cups held since the inaugural competition in 1991, the U.S. has won four of them, finished second once and third place three times.

Brazil, Italy and Germany have impressive World Cup records on the men's side, which has been competing every four years since 1930, but they cannot quite compare to the success the U.S. women have had.

When the U.S. women won the 1999 World Cup at home in California in dramatic fashion, soccer buffs expected the girls and women's game to take off even more than it had since the implementation of Title IX in 1972.

They were right. It did take off.

But that doesn't always mean success on the pitch.

The U.S. women failed to win the 2003, 2007 and 2011 World Cups.

The growth of soccer in this country, however, was destined to lead the women back to World Cup greatness.

About 400,000 girls and women play soccer in this nation, compared to just about 700 when Title IX started.

In this region, it is not unusual to find numerous girls travel teams boarding a ferry or driving down the Northway heading to yet another tournament.

Hundreds of girls decked out in matching sweats, with matching team backpacks on their shoulders marching together on and off pitches, enjoying the camaraderie and spirit that team sports provide.

It's a beautiful sight.

With all this high level soccer going on, it was only a matter of time that the U.S. women rose to the top of the world again.

That happened in 2015 when they won the World Cup in neighboring Canada.

This year, there was no mistake who the best team in the world was.

They cruised through the tournament early rounds, and the final was basically a clinic on how to win a championship game.

The team was so stacked that stars Carli Lloyd and Christin Press only came off the bench late in the game, and Lindsey Horan did not even play.

Horan is considered by some to be the best all-around player in the world. Imagine that, the best player in the world not able to crack the starting lineup.

With the signature win, the clamoring for equal pay with men's salaries, a topic that has been surrounding women's soccer, as well as hockey, in recent years, picked up steam.

Not only with their play on the field, but with their stewardship of girls and women's soccer, we'd say equal pay probably would not come close to being adequate.

We know that a lot has to be worked out in terms of revenue generating and sharing in order for the women to get their just rewards in terms of money, and we fervently hope that happens.

But in the meantime, what these women have accomplished, is priceless.