It’s game on.
No more talk.
The Olympic soccer tournament begins today (Aug. 3). The U.S. women play New Zealand at 5 p.m.
Like all USWNT games in the Rio Games, it will be on the NBC Sports Network.
Here are five oddities, curiosities, or (possibly) interesting facts about the U.S. team and its members:
Five of the 18 Americans are from the University of North Carolina: Crystal Dunn, Whitney Engen, Tobin Heath, Meghan Klingenberg, and Allie Long. (So are two of the four alternates: Ashlyn Harris and Heather O’Reilly.)
There are two players from Penn State, Ali Krieger and Alyssa Naeher; two from Stanford, Kelley O’Hara and Christen Press; and two from the University of Virginia, Morgan Brian and Becky Sauerbrunn.
Mallory Pugh, at 18 the youngest player on the U.S. roster, got her first cap on Jan. 23 of this year. Once she arrived, she never left: Pugh has played in 13 of Team USA’s 14 games this year.
Four players are from California: Whitney Engen, Alex Morgan, Christen Press and Megan Rapinoe.
There are two each from Georgia (Morgan Brian and Kelley O’Hara), New Jersey (Tobin Heath and Carli Lloyd), New York (Crystal Dunn and Allie Long) and Colorado (Lindsey Horan and Mallory Pugh).
Nine of the 10 clubs of the National Women’s Soccer League are represented (all but the Western New York Flash).
The Portland Thorns top the list with four players: Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan, Meghan Klingenberg, and Allie Long.
There were 23 women on the 2015 World Cup roster, but only 14 of them played. Eleven of those 14 are on the Olympic roster.