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

Carli Lloyd and Fabiola Villalobos of Costa Rica, Aug. 19, 2015, Chattanooga, Tenn. (Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

Carli Lloyd and Fabiola Villalobos of Costa Rica, Aug. 19, 2015, Chattanooga, Tenn. (Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

In back-to-back matches, the U.S. women’s team thumped poor, young Costa Rica 8-0 in Pittsburgh on Sunday (Aug. 16), and 7-2 in Chattanooga, Tenn., last night (Aug. 19).

victorylogoThe games, the first for the Americans since they won the World Cup, kicked off a 10-city Victory Tour. (The final four dates and locations, however, have yet to be announced.)

Next stop for Team USA: Ford Field in Detroit on Sept. 17 for the first of two games against Australia

Here are five oddities, curiosities or (possibly) interesting facts about the Costa Rica (mis)matches and their participants:

 

1.

Carli Lloyd’s two goals in Chattanooga (see the first one below) continued one of the most remarkable offensive streaks in team history. Lloyd has scored eight times in her last six games.

 

2.

Tobin Heath earned her 100th cap in Chattanooga. She is the 33rd American to reach that milestone.

Tobin Heath and Mayra Almazan of Costa Rica, Aug. 16, 2015. (Don Wright/AP)

Tobin Heath and Mayra Almazan of Costa Rica, Aug. 16, 2015. (Don Wright/AP)

 

3.

With 71 career goals, Carli Lloyd is four short of tying Cindy Parlow for sixth on the all-time U.S. list.

 

4.

In Abby Wambach’s 15-year career, the U.S. women have only lost two games in which she scored.

 

5.

When Cristin Granados scored in the 56th minute, it was the first goal registered by Costa Rica in 12 meetings with the United States. The Americans have won all 12, outscoring Costa Rica by a cumulative margin of 66-2.

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