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.
Here are five oddities, curiosities, or (possibly) interesting facts about the games and their participants:
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.
The United States is 12-0-1 in 2016. The team has scored 47 goals and allowed four.
South Africa qualified for the 2016 Olympics, the nation’s second Olympiad. It’s in a tough group, with Brazil, China and Sweden.
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.
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.