5 further things you might not know about the U.S. Olympic team

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It’s exactly one week until the start of women’s soccer at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil.

The team built by U.S. coach Jill Ellis to bring home a fourth consecutive gold medal is younger and less experienced than one that won the World Cup a year ago in Canada.

Gone are Christie Rampone, second all-time in appearances, with 311; Abby Wambach, fifth all-time with 255; Heather O’Reilly, seventh with 230; Shannon Boxx, 12th with 195; Lauren Holiday, 22nd with 133; and Amy Rodriguez, 24th with 129.

 

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But it’s also a speedier, more nimble team, thanks to the youth and athleticism of Mallory Pugh, Crystal Dunn, and Lindsey Horan.

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Crystal Dunn vs. Haiti, Sept. 20, 2015. (Brynn Anderson/AP)

And no matter who’s departed since last summer, Team USA still has a few advantages over everyone else in the world, a few weapons no one else brings to the fight.

Like Hope Solo. And Carli Lloyd. Alex Morgan. Becky Sauerbrunn. Julie Johnston, and Tobin Heath, and …

They are, to paraphrase President Barack Obama, badasses.

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Hope Solo, one of a kind. (Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

Here are five oddities, curiosities, or (possibly) interesting facts about the U.S. Olympic roster:

 

1.

The average age of the team at the start of the Olympics will be 27.8. The oldest player will be 35 (Hope Solo). The youngest, 18 (Mallory Pugh).

The average age of the World Cup team was 29.2. The oldest player (Christie Rampone) turned 40 during the tournament. The youngest was 22 (Morgan Brian).

 

2.

The players average 77 caps each. (That doesn’t count the team’s final pre-Olympic tuneup, a match Friday (July 22) against Costa Rica in Kansas City.)

The players on the 2015 World Cup team averaged 101 caps.

 

3.

Six players on the Olympic team have more than 100 caps: Carli Lloyd (223), Hope Solo (197), Tobin Heath (118), Megan Rapinoe (113), Alex Morgan (111), and Becky Sauerbrunn (108).

 

4.

Only three players on the team have scored in an Olympic game: Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, and Megan Rapinoe.

Eight players on the 2015 World Cup team had scored in a previous World Cup.

5.

Of the 16 field players on the roster, only Becky Sauerbrunn (perhaps the world’s best center back) has never had a goal in international play.

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Becky Sauerbrunn. (Jack Dempsey/AP)

 

Earlier:

5 things you might not know about the U.S. Olympic team

5 more things you might not know about the U.S. Olympic team

5 additional things you might not know about the U.S. Olympic team

 

 

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