5 things you might not know about USA vs. Colombia

Alex Morgan vs. Colombia, June 22, 2015. (Erich Schlegel/USA Today Sports)

Alex Morgan vs. Colombia, June 22, 2015. (Erich Schlegel/USA Today Sports)

The United States and Colombia have a pair of matches scheduled in the next few days.

On Wednesday (April 6) they play in East Hartford, Conn. The game is at 6 p.m. CT. It will be on Fox Sports 1.

Next Sunday (April 10) they play in Chester, Penn. The game is at 1 p.m. CT. It will be on ESPN.

Here are five oddities, curiosities, or (possibly) interesting facts about the games and their participants:

 

1.

Colombia is a team to watch — if not worry about. It’s ranked No. 24 in the world, its highest ranking ever. Among Latin American teams, that’s second only to Brazil.

 

2.

logo 2015 world cupThe Colombian women really came into their own during last summer’s World Cup. In the group stage, they played Mexico to a 1-1 draw, then upset France, one of the best teams in the world, by a score of 2-0 before losing  2-1 to England, the eventual third-place finisher in the tournament.

That group performance was enough to earn Colombia a Round of 16 match with the United States. The Americans won 2-0 — but it wasn’t easy.

 

3.

Other than in the 2015 World Cup, Team USA and Colombia have met only twice. The Americans beat Colombia 3-0 in the 2011 World Cup; and 3-0 at the 2012 Olympics.

 

4.

Ashley Sanchez, enjoying her first call-up to the women’s team, turned 17 on March 16. She is the first player born in 1999 to make a USWNT roster.

AprIn December, she helped the U.S. under-20 team qualify for this year’s U-20 World Cup, to be played in Papua New Guinea in November and December. She scored three goals, had five assists and was named to the Best XI in the qualifying tournament.

 

5.

The United States is 9-0-0 in 2016, having scored 32 goals while allowing only one.

 

 

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