5 things you might not know about USA vs. Colombia


The U.S. women’s team before playing France. Aug. 6, 2016. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/TNS)


Before advancing to the knockout stage, Team USA has one last 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-Colombia match and its participants:



With a win or draw, Team USA clinches first place in Group G. That would mean facing the third-place team from Group E or F (probaby China, Sweden or Australia, but there are many other permutations) in the first knockout round, the quarterfinals.

There are 12 teams in the tournament, divided into three groups of four teams each. The top two finishers in each group and the two best third-place finishers are the eight teams that go on to the quarterfinals.



The game is in Manaus, in the Amazon rain forest. It will be hot and muggy, with temperatures expected to reach the 90s.



This is the fourth time in a row that the two teams have met in a world tournament.

•At the 2011 World Cup, the United States defeated Colombia 3-0 in group play.

•The same thing happened at the 2012 Olympics.

•At last summer’s World Cup, the Americans won 2-0 in the first knockout round.


Alex Morgan vs. Colombia, June 22, 2015. (Jason Franson/AP)



Carli Lloyd has scored in four of the five matches she’s played against Colombia.



Colombia is one of two teams yet to score a goal in this year’s Olympics. The other is South Africa.



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