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.
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:
• Forward Rosie White played at UCLA from 2011 to 2014.
Hope Solo has 199 caps and should get No. 200 on Saturday (Aug. 6).