5 things you might not know about USA vs. Costa Rica

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In their first match since winning the World Cup, the U.S. women play Costa Rica today (Aug. 16)  in Pittsburgh.

The game  kicks off 10-city Victory Tour (although only six dates victorylogoand locations have been announced so far.)

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:

 

1.

The World Cup victors will get a thunderous welcome when they step onto the pitch at Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers. More than 40,000 tickets have been sold, shattering the U.S, women’s record for a stand-alone friendly. The previous record: 35,817 for a game against New Zealand at Busch Stadium in St. Louis in April.

Busch Stadium, St. Louis, April 4, 2015. (Jeff Curry/USA Today Sports)

Busch Stadium, St. Louis, April 4, 2015. (Jeff Curry/USA Today Sports)

 

2.

The Americans will wear their ‘3-star’ kits for the first time. The stars represent the team’s three World Cup titles (more than any other women’s team). The jerseys were presented to players after their lopsided victory over Japan in the final of this summer’s World Cup in Canada.

3 stars

 

3.

Sydney Leroux will not play, and Alex Morgan and Hope Solo are questionable.

Leroux is recovering for ankle surgery,  Morgan from minor knee surgery.

Solo hurt her knee during the World Cup, an injury she says was caused and aggravated by artificial turf.

Sydney Leroux's right leg has lost some muscle definition since her ankle surgery. (Twitter)

Sydney Leroux’s right leg has lost some muscle definition since her ankle surgery. (Twitter)

4.

Costa Rica is ranked 34th in the world.

 

5.

The Americans have a 16-game unbeaten streak. They haven’t lost since their first game of the year, on Feb. 8, when they fell 2-0 to France.

 

 

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