The U.S. women got off to a splendid start at the 2016 Olympics, defeating New Zealand, a tough, physical side, 2-0 in their opening group match.
The Americans next meet France — the No. 3 team in the world — on Saturday (Aug 6). Kickoff is at 5 p.m. CT. The game is on NBC Sports Network.
Here are five oddities, curiosities, or (possibly) interesting facts about the USA-New Zealand match and its participants:
The Americans have won 12 consecutive Olympic matches. The last time they failed to secure a victory in the Olympics was Aug. 8, 2008, when Norway beat them 2-0 in group play.
The loss didn’t impede Team USA on its way to a gold medal.
The last time the two teams met before Wednesday was on April 4, 2015, before a record crowd of 35,817 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The Americans won 4-0. It was Megan Rapinoe’s 100th international appearance.
The members of the United States’ 2015 World Cup team who are gone because of retirement (Shannon Boxx, Lori Chalupny, Lauren Holiday and Abby Wambach), de facto retirement (Christy Rampone), or pregnancy (Sydney Leroux, Amy Rodriguez) accoounted for a combined 1,204 caps and 314 goals.