The United States and Colombia have a pair of matches tonight (April 6) and Sunday (April 10).
Tonight’s game, in East Hartford, Conn, is at 6 p.m. CT. It will be on Fox Sports 1. Sunday’s is in Chester, Penn., 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:
More than 18,000 tickets have been sold for the East Hartford match. Attendance could break the U.S. women’s record for a game in Connecticut: 18,870 people saw a 2-2 draw with Germany in East Hartford on Oct. 23, 2012.
The game in Chester, 30 miles from Carli Lloyd’s hometown, Delran, N.J., is sold out.
Colombia’s best-known player is Lady Andrade, a 24-year-old striker. While her fans at home like to think of her as “brash,”, “passionate” or “colorful,” opponents tend to choose more severe descriptions.
Many Americans recall her sucker-punching Abby Wambach in the left eye during the 2012 Olympics.
Wambach crumbled to the turf, her eye swelled immediately, and by the next day, she was sporting a first-class shiner.
The blatant cheap shot earned Andrade a two-game suspension.
In an interview with USA Today during last summer’s World Cup, Andrade joked about the punch.
“I hit her, what else I can say?” she said, laughing. She claimed, without foundation, that Wambach had hit her as well, but that soccer authorities didn’t want to investigate that, because “we’re Colombia.” Whatever the hell that means.
The interview appeared days before Colombia and Team USA were to meet in the World Cup Round of 16. Andrade predicted that she and her teammates would send the Americans packing.
“We’re going to beat them since they like to talk so much,” she said.
“They belittle us. They think we’re a team they’re going to walk all over and it will be an easy game for them.”
From her roster of 23 players, U.S. coach Jill Ellis will choose 18 to suit up for each match.
Solo also holds the U.S. records for appearances in goal (193); starts (183); and wins (158).