5 things you might not know about USA vs. Germany

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Tobin Heath and Anna Blässe of Germany, March 1, 2017. (Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

The U.S. women’s team kicked off its 2017 season, and its quest for a second consecutive SheBelieves Cup, with a 1-0 victory over Germany on Wednesday (March 1).

To be honest, this didn’t look like a contest between the world’s two best teams. On offense, both were sluggish, out of sync, and sloppy with the ball.

But the American defense was more solid than Germany’s, and a goal by Lynn Williams — on the third U.S.shot in a second-half sequence — was all Team USA needed.

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Lynn Williams after scoring the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Germany, March 1, 2017. (Matt Slocum/AP)

In the other match on the first day of the SheBelieves Cup, France defeated England 2-1, scoring the game-winner in the fifth minute of stoppage time at the end of the second half.

The United States plays England, and Germany plays France, on Saturday (March 4). The U.S. match, at 4 p.m. CT, will be on Fox. The SheBelieves Cup concludes next Tuesday (March 7).

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

 

1.

The U.S. starting back line included a Short (Casey) and a Long (Allie).

 

2.

The U.S. women have a 14-game unbeaten streak (nine wins, five draws) against Germany. They haven’t lost to the Germans since the semfinals of the 2003 World Cup.

 

3.

Coming into Wednesday’s game, the new German coach, Steffi Jones, was 5-0. Jones, a member of the German team that won the 2003 World Cup, replaced the storied Silvia Neid after Germany won the gold medal at last summer’s Rio Olympics.

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Steffi Jones (Arne Koehler)

 

4.

This was Alyssa Naeher’s eighth start in goal, and her seventh shutout.

 

5.

The United States had just three shots on goal. Germany didn’t fare much better, with four.

 

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