5 more things you might not know about USA vs. New Zealand

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Mallory Pugh and Alex Morgan vs. New Zealand, Sept. 19, 2017. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The U.S. women easily brushed aside New Zealand on Tuesday (Sept. 19), winning 5-0 in Cincinatti.

Four days earlier, outside Denver, the Americans beat the Aussies 3-1.

Here are five oddities, curiosities, or (possibly) interesting facts about the games and their participants:

 

1.

The U.S. record against New Zealand is 14W-1L-1D, the only loss coming in the teams’ first match, in 1987.

 

2.

Tobin Heath, recovering from a back injury, played for the first time Tuesday since March 7, coming off the bench in the 72nd minute.

 

3.

Alex Morgan had two goals on Tuesday, the 18th multi-goal game of her career.

 

4.

Becky Sauerbrunn and Samantha Mewis are the only Americans to have started in every match in 2017.

 

5.

Until she came out at the half on Tuesday, Becky Sauerbrunn had played every minute of every game this year.

 

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5 things you might not know about USA vs. New Zealand

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Alex Morgan vs. New Zealand, Sept. 19, 2017. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The U.S. women beat an overextended, poorly conditioned New Zealand side 5-0 Tuesday (Sept. 19) at Nippert Stadium in Cincinatti.

It was the second of back-to-back U.S. victories over the Ferns. On Friday (Sept. 15), outside Denver, the Americans won 3-1.

Here are five oddities, curiosities, or (possibly) interesting facts about the games and their participants:

1.

In 2016, the top U.S. scorers were Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan (17 goals each), Crystal Dunn (14 goals) and Christen Press (12).

Those same players this year: Lloyd, 1 goal. Morgan, 4. Dunn, 4. Press, 2.

2.

In the two matches against Australia, the United States had 33 shots, 13 shots on goal, and 16 corner kicks. The Aussies had 10, 3, and 7, respectively.

3.

The crowd of 30,596 in Cincinatti was the largest to ever for a USWNT match in Ohio.

4.

Rose Lavelle, a Cincinnati native, started on Tuesday. It was her first appearance since injuring a hamstring in June.

5.

Becky Sauerbraun just almost never makes a mistake.

Becky Sauerbrunn. (Monica Simoes Photography)

Monica Simoes Photography

 

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