With Sunday’s 8-0 trouncing of Haiti in Birmingham, Ala., the American women bade farewell to a young, earnest, hopelessly overmatched team. That lopsided match followed by three days a 5-0 rout in Detroit.
The Haitians — girls, really, not women — were grateful for a chance to visit the United States, stay in hotels and share the pitch with the world’s No. 1 team.
The Americans were grateful that Haiti stepped in at the last minute for the Australian women’s team, which was supposed to play the Detroit and Birmingham games but cancelled when it went on strike for better wages and working conditions.
And U.S. fans — 34,538 in Detroit, 35,735 in Alabama — were grateful that they got to see the home team score a ton of goals.
Team USA now has a month off before resuming its Victory Tour with two games against Brazil: in Seattle on Oct. 21 and in Orlando, Fla., on Oct. 25.
Here are five oddities, curiosities or (possibly) interesting facts about Sunday’s USA-Haiti game and its participants:
The United States is 6-0-0 against Haiti. In those six games, the Americans have 42 goals, an average of seven a game.
The Haitians have yet to score.
In the 84th minute, Haiti sent in a sub, Emilene Charles, who is 15 years old.
Carli Lloyd has 16 goals this year, a career high. Her previous high was 15 goals, in 2012 and 2014.
She has 14 in her last eight games.
In 21 games this year, the United States has scored 62 goals and surrendered nine.
Carli Lloyd’s hat trick was her fifth. Four other Americans have as many: Mia Hamm, Cindy Parlow, Abby Wambach, and Michelle Akers.