5 things you might not know about USA vs. England

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Allie Long heads the ball in front of Germany’s Lena Petermann in the opening round of the  SheBelieves Cup on March 1 in Chester, Pa. The United States won 1-0. (Matt Slocum/AP)

The U.S. women play England on Saturday (March 4) in the second leg of the SheBelieves Cup. The match is on Fox at 4 p.m. CT.

In the four-team tournament, the United States and France each have three points, by virtue of first-round wins over Germany and England, respectively.

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The SheBelieves Cup concludes on Tuesday (March 7), when Team USA will face France.

Here are five oddities, curiosities, or (possibly) interesting facts about the USA-England game and its participants:
 
 

1.

Longtime USWNT captain Christie Rampone will be honored in a pregame ceremony. Rampone, the second most-capped player in international women’s soccer (behind the great Kristine Lilly), announced her retirement not long ago.

The game is at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., 60 miles from Point Pleasant, the Jersey Shore town where Rampone grew up.

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Christie Rampone. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports)


 

2.

The last time these two teams met was in the first match of the inaugural SheBelieves Cup a year ago. The Americans won 1-0 on a magnificent goal by Crystal Dunn; they  went on to take the tournament title.

 

3.

England is ranked No. 5 in the world; the United States, of course, is No. 1.
 

4.

Crystal Dunn could encounter several of her club teammates in the game. The young American signed this year with Chelsea, one of a handful of U.S. stars now playing for European clubs.

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Crystal Dunn and Isabel Kerschowski of Germany, March 1, 2017. (Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)


 

5.

This will be the first U.S. women’s match on network TV since the 2015 World Cup final, which also aired on Fox. More than 26 million viewers watched the United States defeat Japan in that World Cup final — the most-watched U.S. soccer game ever, men’s or women’s.
 
 

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