5 more things you might not know about the last 2 Olympic tuneups

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

Then it’s off to Rio.

Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer), the 98-foot-tall statue that stands watch over Rio.

Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer), the 98-foot-tall statue that stands watch over Rio.

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

 

1.

Two familiar faces return to the roster, if not to the pitch. Carli Lloyd is back from a
sprained knee and could see action in one of the two friendlies. Megan Rapinoe, who is
continuing her recovery from ACL surgery in December, is training with the team, but is not expected to play.

Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe vs. Costa Rica, Chattanooga, Tenn, Aug. 19, 2015. (Jim Brown/USA Today Sports)

Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe vs. Costa Rica, Aug. 19, 2015. (Jim Brown/USA Today Sports)

 

2.

The United States is 12-0-1 in 2016. The team has scored 47 goals and allowed four.

 

3.

South Africa qualified for the 2016 Olympics, the nation’s second Olympiad. It’s in a tough group, with Brazil, China and Sweden.

rio2016-groups

In its first Olympics, in 2012, South Africa failed to advance from the group stage, losing 4-1 to Sweden and 3-0 to Canada, and playing Japan, the eventual silver medal winner, to a 0-0 draw.

 

4.

Hope Solo is sitting on 99 career shutouts. No female keeper in the world has reached 100. She has nine shutouts in her 10 wins in 2016.

Hope Solo vs. Brazil, Oct. 25, 2015. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel)

Hope Solo vs. Brazil, Oct. 25, 2015. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel)

 

5.

In the only two games this year in which Solo wasn’t in goal, she was replaced by Alyssa Naeher — dimming, it would seem, Ashlyn Harris‘s chances of making the Olympic roster, which will include 18 players, two of them keepers.

Naeher beat Puerto Rico 10-0 on Feb. 15, and Colombia 3-0 on April 10.

Alyssa Naeher vs.Costa Rica, Chattanooga, Tenn, Aug. 19, 2015. (Jim Brown/USA Today Sports)

Alyssa Naeher vs.Costa Rica, Aug. 19, 2015. (Jim Brown/USA Today Sports)

 

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