5 final things you might not know about USA vs. New Zealand

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Team USA celebrates after Alex Morgan’s second-half goal gives the Americans a 2-0 lead over New Zealand, Aug. 3, 2016. (Eugenio Savio/AP)

The U.S. women got off to a splendid start at the 2016 Olympics, defeating New Zealand 2-0.

On Saturday (Aug. 6),  the Americans face France — the No. 3 team in the world. 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 United States launched 12 shots, six of them on goal. New Zealand had four, only one on goal.



Alex Morgan’s goal was her 12th of the year.

This is the first time since 2012 that Morgan’s scoring total has reached double-digits.

She had 7 goals in 20155 in 2014, and 6 in 2013.

Her 2012 season was one of the most remarkable in USWNT history. Morgan, who was 22 when the year began, in 31 of 32 games and started in 27. She led the team in assists, with 21, and goals (28).

No moment in that stellar year was more spectacular than this one: Morgan’s header in the 123rd minute of an Olympic semifinal against Canada. The goal gave the Americans a 4-3 victory and propelled them into the gold medal game.



The Football Ferns were whistled for 16 fouls and drew three yellow cards.



Five of the New Zealand women (unless I’m missing one) played collegiate soccer in the United States:

• Midfielder Katie Bowen played at North Carolina from 2012 to 2015. She was a teammate of Crystal Dunn.

• Midfielder Betsy Hassett played at the University of California from 2009 to 2012. She was a teammate of Alex Morgan.

• Defender/midfielder Ali Riley played at Stanford from 2006 to 2009. She was a teammate of Kelley O’Hara and Christen Press.

• Forward Rosie White played at UCLA from 2011 to 2014.

• Forward Hannah Wilkinson has one year remaining at Tennessee.

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Hannah Wilkinson (right) of the University of Tennessee in a 2013 match against the University of Dayton. (Matthew DeMaria/Tennessee Athletics)



Hope Solo has 199 caps and should get No. 200 on Saturday (Aug. 6).


Hope Solo vs. Costa Rica, July 22, 2016. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)


5 things you might not know about USA vs. New Zealand 


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