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