On Thursday, the U.S. women’s team had no trouble with Haiti, beating the young, overmatched island squad 5-0 at Ford Field in Detroit. (It might have been 10-0, or worse, had the Americans taken fuller advantage of their many scoring opportunities and their almost unbroken possession of the ball.)
Detroit was the third stop on the World Cup champs’ 10-city Victory Tour. The United States and Haiti play again at 1:30 p.m. CT Sunday in Birmingham, Ala. The game is on ESPN2.
Here are five oddities, curiosities or (possibly) interesting facts about Thursday’s match and its participants:
Team USA took 36 shots and put 13 on goal. Haiti had one shot, a weak dribbler that Hope Solo easily stopped.
The United States’ record against Haiti is 5-0-0. In those five matches, the Americans have 34 goals, while the Haitians have yet to score. Thursday’s 5-0 result is tied for the smallest margin of victory.
Crystal Dunn, the last player cut when Jill Ellis had trim her roster for the World Cup, returned to the national team — and a memorable return it was.
Dunn, who last played for Team USA in a Feb. 13 friendly against England, started against Haiti as a wide attacker. (The versatile Dunn has played in different spots for different teams, but her previous role with the national team had been as an outside back.) She had assists on the game’s first two goals, both by Carli Lloyd, then scored the final goal on a header in the closing seconds of stoppage time.
The goal was her first with the U.S. team.
Haiti has already been eliminated from the women’s soccer competition at next summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Haiti failed to qualify for the tournament that will take place in February to determine the Olympic participants from North America, Central America and the Caribbean.
The attendance was 34,538. That shattered the record for a soccer game at at Ford Field, home of the NFL’s Detroit Lions. The previous largest soccer crowd at Ford was 28,209 to watch the U.S. men’s team beat Canada 2-0 on June 7, 2011.