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U.S. women’s soccer team kicks off Olympics with victory over New Zealand

Morgan Brian, second right, of the United States celebrates with her teammates after Alex Morgan scored the team’s second goal against New Zealand during Wednesday’s Olympic match at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The United States won 2-0.
Morgan Brian, second right, of the United States celebrates with her teammates after Alex Morgan scored the team’s second goal against New Zealand during Wednesday’s Olympic match at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The United States won 2-0. The Associated Press

A statistical look at the U.S. women’s soccer team’s 2-0 victory over New Zealand in its debut at the Rio Games on Wednesday:

1: The U.S. is trying to become the first team to win the Olympics after succeeding at the World Cup.

3: Consecutive Olympics in which Team USA’s Carli Lloyd has scored a goal.

3: Consecutive Olympic gold medals won by the U.S.

5: The U.S. is trying to win its fifth gold medal since women’s soccer became an Olympic sport in 1996 in Atlanta.

7: Career Olympic goals scored by Lloyd.

11: Newcomers on Team USA.

12: Consecutive Olympic victories by the U.S.

12: Goals this season by Team USA’s Alex Morgan.

13: Olympic appearances by Lloyd, tied with Hope Solo for the most on the team.

14: Shutout victories by the U.S. during its 16-game unbeaten streak in 2016.

18: Age of Mallory Pugh, who became the youngest American women’s player to start in an Olympic match.

89: Goals scored by Lloyd in 225 appearances.

2000: The only time the U.S. didn’t win the Olympics was in 2000 in Sydney, when it lost the final to Norway.

Compiled by Stu Rosenberg

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