The U.S. women made easy work of Costa Rica on Friday (July 22) in their final match before the 2016 Olympics. On a sweltering night in Kansas City, the Americans beat Las Ticas 4-0, a score that doesn’t begin to reflect how one-sided the game was.
Team USA’s first game at the Rio Olympics is against New Zealand on Aug. 3 (5 p.m. CT, NBC Sports Network).
Here are five oddities, curiosities, or (possibly) interesting facts about the USA-Costa Rica match and its participants:
The U.S. women are 14-0-1 in 2016. They have scored 52 goals while allowing just four.
The United States had 19 shots, seven of them on goal. Costa Rica managed just one shot. It was on goal but harmless.
The United States had 10 corner kicks, to none for Costa Rica.
Kansas City was like a sauna. At game time, the temperature was 92, with 60 percent humidity — and that was at 8 p.m.
The heat index was 101.
Costa Rica’s best player was seldom heard from.
Rodriguez, known in college as “Rocky,” won the 2015 Hermann Trophy, awarded to the best collegiate player in America.
Here’s a highlight reel of her time at Penn State:
She was the second player selected in the last National Women’s Soccer League college draft (after Emily Sonnett of the University of Virginia, an alternate on the U.S. Olympic roster) and plays in the midfield for Sky Blue FC.
The 22-year-old is Costa Rica’s all-time leading scorer, with 25 goals.
But against the United States, Rodriguez barely got a touch and was subbed off in the 63rd minute.