Photo of the day: Julie Ertz

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Julie Ertz after scoring one her two goals against New Zealand, Sept. 15, 2017. (Ron Chenoy/USA Today)

 

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Quote of the day: Alex Morgan

“As the global profile of women’s football continues to grow, players like myself and Megan will have an increasing number of opportunities to use our status for good. I’m thrilled to join Common Goal at this early stage and hope we can inspire many others to become part of the movement.”

– Alex Morgan, on why she and Megan Rapinoe joined Juan Mata’s initiative in which footballers pledge 1 percent of their salaries to charities worldwide

Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe. (ESPNW)

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5 more things you might not know about USA vs. New Zealand

COMMERCE, CO - SEPTEMBER 15: United States forward Alex Morgan (13) shoots on goal against the defense of New Zealand defender Ria Percival (2) and scores in the second half at Dick's Sporting Goods Park September 15, 2017. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post)

Alex Morgan vs. New Zealand, Sept. 15, 2017. (Andy Cross/The Denver Post)

 

The U.S. women beat New Zealand 3-1 Friday (Sept. 15) at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park outside Denver.

Julie Ertz had two goals:

 

 

And Alex Morgan had one, a beauty:

 

The teams meet again at 6:30 p.m. CT Tuesday (Sept. 19) at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati. That game is on FS1.

Here are five oddities, curiosities, or (possibly) interesting facts about Friday’s game and its participants:

 

1.

Alex Morgan’s goal was her 75th, tying her with Cindy Parlow for seventh on the all-time U.S. list.

 

2.

In 11 games this year, the United States is averaging 2.0 goals scored and 0.91 goals given up.

In the previous four years, the team averaged 3.3 goals scored and 0.65 goals given up.

 

3.

Except for New Zealand (19th in the world) and Russian (25th), every opponent that the U.S. women have faced in 2017 has been a top 15 team. They’ve played Germany (No. 2 in the world), England (No. 3), France (4), Australia (6), Japan (8), Brazil (9), Sweden (11), and Norway (14).

 

4.

The United States, currently with three home losses, has never had four home losses in a calendar year.

Right now, the team has four home games scheduled: Tuesday’s against New Zealand, two in October against South Korea, and one in November against Canada.

 

5.

Before Friday, the last time New Zealand played was March 8.

 

 

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5 things you might not know about USA vs. New Zealand

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Julie Ertz after scoring one her two goals against New Zealand, Sept. 15, 2017. (Ron Chenoy/USA Today)

An energized U.S. women’s team beat a plucky New Zealand side 3-1 Friday (Sept. 15) at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park outside Denver. The American attack was led by Julie Ertz, who had two first-half goals.

The teams meet again at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 19) at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati. That game is on FS1.

Here are five oddities, curiosities, or (possibly) interesting facts about Friday’s game and its participants:

1.

Kelley O’Hara earned her 100th cap — the 36th American woman to reach that milestone.
 

2.

The Americans’ record in 2017 is 8W-3L-0D. It’s only the third time they’ve lost three home games in a calendar year.

 

3.

Hannah Wilkinson, who scored New Zealand’s only goal, has been responsible for the Ferns’ last four goals against the United States. Wilkinson played for the University of Tennessee from 2012 to 2016.

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Hannah Wilkinson (in orange) as a Tennessee Vol. (Tennessee Athletics)

 

4.

New Zealand is No. 19 in the world. The USWNT, of course, is No. 1.

 

5.

Sofia Huerta, who earned her first cap, is the first woman from Idaho to play for her country.

 

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