NEW YORK (AP) — Officials say they've unfurled the world's largest free-flying American flag from the bridge that connects New York City and New Jersey as a tribute to the World Cup soccer champions.

The 450-pound (200-kilogram) flag was being 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 (1.5 meters) wide. The stars measure about 4 feet (1.25 meters) in diameter. It's hung yearly for the U.S. Flag Day holiday on the George Washington Bridge.

New Jersey natives played a big role in the victory over Japan on Sunday.

The game featured a standout three-goal performance by Carli Lloyd, a former Rutgers University player. Tobin Heath scored another goal.