Big win, big flag: 450-pound banner to honor soccer champs

Fall leaves blaze red near the Washington Monument on the National Mall in Washington, on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

NEW YORK (AP) — Officials say they’re planning to unfurl the world’s largest free-flying American flag from the George Washington Bridge as a tribute to the World Cup soccer champions.

The 450-pound flag is to be flown between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday as New York City throws a ticker-tape parade for the players.

Its stripes are about 5 feet wide. The stars measure about 4 feet in diameter. It’s hung yearly for Flag Day on the bridge that connects New York City with New Jersey.

“Jersey girls” played a big role in the victory over Japan on Sunday.

The game featured a hat trick by Delran native Carli Lloyd, a former Rutgers player. Tobin Heath, of Basking Ridge, scored another goal.

The team also includes midfielder Heather O’Reilly, from East Brunswick, and defender Christie Rampone, from Point Pleasant.

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