On Tuesday, the United States plays Germany, with the winner advancing to the World Cup championship. The game is at 6 p.m. CT on Fox.
Here are five oddities, curiosities or (possibly) interesting facts about the game and its participants:
Germany has the top scorer in the World Cup, Celia Sasic, who has six goals.
Hope Solo is the tournament’s top goalkeeper, with 11 saves, one goal conceded, and four consecutive shutouts.
Since 2003, when FIFA began ranking women’s teams worldwide, only two teams have ever occupied the No. 1 spot: the United States and Germany. Currently, the Germans are No. 1, the Americans No. 2.
Germany’s Nadine Angerer is one of few goalkeepers in the world in a class with Hope Solo. (Many say she is better.) In 2013, Angerer became the first– and only — goalkeeper to win the Women’s World Player of the Year Award.
Carli Lloyd earned her 200th cap in Friday’s quarterfinal against China. She is the 10th U.S. player to reach that milestone, and the fourth on the current roster, alongside Christie Rampone, Abby Wambach and Heather O’Reilly.
1. Kristine Lilly (352)
2. Christie Rampone (306)
3. Mia Hamm (275)
4. Julie Foudy (272)
5. Abby Wambach (242)
6. Joy Fawcett (242)
7. Heather O’Reilly (219)
8. Tiffeny Milbrett (204)
9. Kate Markgraf (201)
10. Carli Lloyd (200)