USWNT crushed it — and their win sends a message

(CNN)By the time Sunday’s Women’s World Cup final came around, there was almost a sense of dj vu in the air. The level of competition throughout the tournament had been such that many of the games in the lead-up to the final (Sweden vs. Germany, USA vs. England) had felt like championships themselves — hard-fought battles that spoke volumes about the caliber of competition in the women’s game. Some takeaways: 1. No, the rest of the world has not caught up to the USWNT. First of all, a handful of the world has been there all along, winning the other half of the titles — Japan (2011), Norway (1995), and Germany (2003, 2007). But even more importantly, take a look …