The U.S. women overwhelmed Colombia on Wednesday (April 6) in East Hartford, Conn., scoring four goals in one 12-minute stretch on the way to a 7-0 rout.
Part two of a two-part beatdown could come Sunday (April 10) when the two teams square off in Chester, Penn. The game, at 1 p.m. CT, is on ESPN.
In Beatdown Part 1, Colombia looked nothing like the second-best women’s team in South America. It looked nothing like the gritty, confident team that fought its way into the Round of 16 at last summer’s World Cup by playing Mexico to a 1-1 draw and upsetting France, one of the best teams in the world, 2-0 in group play.
On Wednesday, the Colombians looked like the Washington Generals: They knew they were going to lose, they knew they looked silly, and they didn’t seem to mind.
Maybe Sunday’s game will be better.
But maybe not.
Here are five oddities, curiosities, or (possibly) interesting facts about the games and their participants:
Allie Long, making just her fifth appearance, had two goals.
Two is now her career total.
That will change. Other games will be added as the team continues its preparations for the 2016 Summer Olympics, which open Aug. 5 in Rio de Janeiro. U.S. Soccer has already said, for example, that a second match will take place in June, but no details have been disclosed.
If Mallory Pugh makes the Olympic roster and is used in a game in Brazil — and I would bet yes on both of those – she will be the youngest American ever to play in an Olympics. Pugh, a high school senior, turns 18 on April 29.