5 final things you might not know about USA vs. Canada

Alex Morgan vs. Canada, BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Feb. 21, 2016. Team USA won 2 -0. (Thomas B. Shea/USA Today Sports)

Alex Morgan vs. Canada, Houston, Feb. 21, 2016. Team USA won 2 -0. (Thomas B. Shea/USA Today Sports)

Before we move on from the United States’ 2-0 victory over Canada on Sunday (Feb. 21) in the title game of the 2016 CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament, here are five final oddities, curiosities or (possibly) interesting facts about the game and its participants:

 

1.

The Americans have has not allowed a goal in their last 10 Olympic qualifying games. The last time an opponent scored on them in an Olympic qualifier was April 12, 2008.

That opponent? Canada. The teams played to a 1-1 draw before the United States won on penalty kicks.

 

2.

Team USA’s all-time record in Olympic qualifiers is 18-0-1.

 

3.

Becky Sauerbrunn earned her 100th cap on Sunday, the 35th American woman to reach that milestone. The 30-year-old defender assisted on Lindsey Horan’s goal in the 53rd minute, which broke a 0-0 tie.

 

4.

Only seven of the 20 current U.S. players were on the roster for the 2012 Olympic qualifier:  Tobin Heath, Ali Krieger, Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Kelley O’Hara, Becky Sauerbrunn, and Hope Solo.

Only six of them made it to the London Olympics. In the opening game of the 2012 qualifier, Krieger suffered a major knee injury.

Shannon Boxx consoles Ali Krieger as a U.S. trainer attends to Krieger’s knee on Jan. 20, 2012. Krieger would not play again for more than a year. (The Windsor Star)

Shannon Boxx consoles Ali Krieger after her injury on Jan. 20, 2012. Krieger would not play again for more than a year. (The Windsor Star)

 

5.

Alex Morgan, who had a hat trick in the tournament semifinal against Trinidad & Tobago on Friday (Feb. 19), is eighth on the U.S. scoring list with 62 goals.

If she triples her total, she’ll pass Abby Wambach for first place.

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