On Saturday (Aug. 6), the U.S. women had to overcome an unusual rash of defensive lapses and a formidable rival in France to walk away with a 1-0 win in their second group-stage game
Team USA is now assured of a spot in the knockout stage. The Americans play their final group game against Colombia on Tuesday (Aug. 9). Kickoff is at 5 p.m. CT. The game is on NBCSN.
Here are five oddities, curiosities, or (possibly) interesting facts about the USA-France match and its participants:
Offensively, the United States was outplayed to a degree rarely seen. France had more shots (14, compared with seven for the Americans), more shots on goal (five vs. three) , and more corner kicks (eight vs. three).
Carli Lloyd’s game-winning goal was her eighth in Olympic competition, second only to Abby Wambach (10) among American women.
Watch Carli Lloyd’s goal here.
With 226 international appearances, Carly Lloyd is the most-capped player in the Olympic tournament.
In March, the Lyon star signed a two-year contract with the Portland Thorns.
Henry, a defensive midfielder, is just 26. The signing of one of Europe’s top players still very much in her prime was “a watershed moment for the still fledgling league,” as Jeff Kassouf wrote for FourFourTwo.com.
The United States and France first met on July 29, 1988, in Rimini, Italy. It was the debut game for Julie Foudy, who was then 17.
The Americans won 1-0.