On Tuesday, the United States defeated Germany 2-0 to advance to the World Cup championship against Japan on Sunday. The final is on Fox, with the pregame show starting at 5 p.m. CT and kickoff around 5:45 p.m.
Here are five oddities, curiosities or (possibly) interesting facts about the match against Germany:
Kelley O’Hara’s goal in the 84th minute to sealed the U.S. victory was the first of her international career. She joined the U.S. team in March 2010. Most of her minutes have come as an outside defender.
FIFA has presented an annual Women’s World Player of the Year Award since 2001.
Marta, the incomparable Brazilian striker, has won it five times.
Of the other nine awards, eight have gone to players from the United States or Germany. The one exception: Homare Sawa of Japan, who won in 2011.
The Americans have now played 513 minutes without allowing a goal.
Before that, Team USA had held the top ranking continuously for seven years.
Nadine Angerer, the fine German goalkeeper, announced that she would retire from international competition after this World Cup. She is 36.
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