When the U.S. women play Norway on Sunday (June 11), they’ll be renewing one of the deepest rivalries in all of women’s sports.
The teams first met on July 11, 1987, in Blaine, Minn. (The Americans won 3-0.) At the time, the U.S. Women’s National Team wasn’t quite 2 years old.
Norway and the United States have since competed 49 times. Only China (56) and Canada (55) have been more frequent opponents for Team USA.
Sunday’s match, at noon CT, is on Fox.
Here are five oddities, curiosities, or (possibly) interesting facts about the game and its participants:
The Americans’ record against Norway is 28W-19L-2D. Norway’s 19 wins are the most by any U.S. opponent.
In their 49 meetings, the U.S. women have outscored Norway 92-62. Norway’s 62 goals are the most by any team against the United States.
The last time the teams met on Norweigan soil was July 2, 2008, in Fredrikstad. The United States won 4-0. Three members of the current U.S. team — Tobin Heath, Amy Rodriguez, and Carli Lloyd — played in that 2008 game.
Only three teams have won an Olympic gold medal — the United States, Germany and Norway. Only four have won a World Cup — the United States, Germany, Norway, and Japan.
Three Americans — Sam Mewis, Carli Lloyd (below), and Becky Sauerbrunn — have started every game so far in 2017.