In their first match since winning the World Cup, the U.S. women play Costa Rica today (Aug. 16) at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
Sunday’s match, at 12:30 p.m. CT, is on Fox Sports 1.
Here are five oddities, curiosities or (possibly) interesting facts about the game and its participants:
The U.S. women haven’t lost on home soil since Nov. 6, 2004. Their 96-game unbeaten streak is a U.S. record, far eclipsing the second longest streak, 50 games, from Feb. 10, 1996 through April 22, 1999.
The Costa Rican team is nicknamed ‘Las Ticas,’ a Spanish slang term for a native of Costa Rica.
Las Ticas played in their first World Cup this year, and played admirably. In the group stage, they recorded draws against Spain and South Korea. In their final group game, with a shot at advancing to the knockout stage, they lost to 1-0 to Brazil on a goal in the 83rd minute.
This is the U.S. team’s second visit to Pittsburgh. The team beat Iceland 3-0 at Heinz Field on Sept. 29, 2004. That game was part of a 10-city tour celebrating the Americans’ winning the gold medal at the Athens Olympics.
The U.S. women don’t play in November. The Victory Tour will conclude with four matches in early to mid-December.