5 things you might not know about the final 2 Olympic tuneups

Becky Sauerbrunn and Meghan Klingenberg. (Erich Schlegel/USA Today Sports)

Becky Sauerbrunn and Meghan Klingenberg. (Erich Schlegel/USA Today Sports)

The U.S. women’s team has just two matches remaining before heading to Brazil for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

On Saturday (July 9), the United States plays South Africa in Chicago.

On July 22, Team USA plays Costa Rica in Kansas City.

The Americans are undefeated this year (12-0-1), and neither of these opponents is likely to change that. They’ll be lucky to score a goal between them in the two games.

Rio-2016_logoThe July 9 game, at noon CT, is on Fox Sports 1. The July 22 game, at 8 p.m. CT, is on ESPN.

Then, off to Rio.

 

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

 

1.

This is the first time the United States and South Africa have played.

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2.

The South African team is nicknamed “Banyana Banyana” — Nguni for “the Girls.”

 

3.

In its 31-year history, the U.S. women’s team has only faced one other African side. The Americans have played — and beaten — Nigeria in four World Cups: 1999 (7-1), 2003 (5-0), 2007 (1-0), and 2015 (1-0).

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Megan Rapinoe and Ngozi Ebere of Nigeria, June 16, 2015. (Rich Lam/Getty Images North America)

 

4.

Costa Rica is ranked 29th in the world; South Africa, 52nd.

 

5.

The South Africans qualified for the Rio Olympics. Costa Rica did not.

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