5 more things you might not know about USA vs. Haiti

 Crystal Dunn with fans, Ford Field, Detroit, Sept. 17, 2015. (Diane Weiss/Detroit Free Press)

Crystal Dunn with fans, Ford Field, Detroit, Sept. 17, 2015. (Diane Weiss/Detroit Free Press)

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.

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  (Sept. 20) in Birmingham, Ala. The game is on ESPN2.

Here are five oddities, curiosities or (possibly) interesting facts about Thursday’s  match and its participants:

 

1.

Of the 18 players in uniform for Haiti, at least 16 were 21 or younger. (There is one, Bencia Erleus, a sub who did not play, for whom no birthdate could be readily found.)

In contrast, the youngest U.S. player, Morgan Brian, is 22.

Morgan Brian. (USA Today Sports)

Morgan Brian. (USA Today Sports)

 

2.

Crystal Dunn, who plays for the Washington Spirit, not only led the National Women’s Soccer League in goals this year; she also finished first in shots and shots on goal.

Crystal Dunn returned to the U.S. squad for a friendly against Haiti on Sept. 17, 2015. She had two assists and scored the first goal of her international career, (Mike Mulholland/MLive. com)

Crystal Dunn. (Mike Mulholland/MLive. com)

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3.

Carli Lloyd’s hat trick was the fourth of her career.

Carli Lloyd vs. Haiti, Sept. 17, 2015. (Kirthmon F. Dozier/Detroit Free Press)

Kirthmon F. Dozier/Detroit Free Press

 

4.

Jill Ellis’ record as U.S. coach is 32-2-9.

 

5.

shekHaiti’s coach, Shek Borkowski, is a “volunteer.” In other words, he doesn’t get paid. (Neither, for that matter, do the players on the women’s team.)

Borkowski, a native of Rzeszow, Poland, also coaches FC Indiana, which plays in the Women’s Premier Soccer League, a developmental league.

 

 

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