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Inside the Numbers: Julian Green’s goal
   July 2, 2014 (10:38 AM) by Matt Benson

I was able to piece this list together between MisterChip and other online sources, but Julian Green became the 11th youngest player in World Cup history to score goal with his goal against Belgium last night.  When taking out duplicate names, he is the eighth youngest individual player to score a goal in World Cup history.


When I was 19 years old, I was a freshman in college trying to figure out how to smuggle cheap beer into my dorm room, not scoring goals at the World Cup.  But the future appears to be bright with Julian Green.

Categories: Inside the Numbers, Julian Green

Inside the Numbers: Tim Howard had a decent season
   May 13, 2014 (3:04 PM) by Matt Benson


I was just doing a quick scan of various stats from this past season in the Premier League, and not overly shocking, Tim Howard ranked up there in many different goalkeeping stats.  Among the 20 guys who played in at least 20 games this past season, Howard ranked in the top five in save percentage, GAA and shutouts, while also placing in the top ten in saves per game.





And going back to the start of the 2006-07 season (his first year at Everton), only two goalkeepers have recorded more clean sheets in the Premier League than Howard.


Well done, Timmy.

Categories: Inside the Numbers, Tim Howard
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Inside the Numbers: European Scoring Leaderboard
   January 28, 2014 (8:30 AM) by Matt Benson


I did this a couple times last year with Jozy Altidore, but I decided to take a look at where Aron Johannsson’s 20 goals in 2013-14 stack up across Europe.  After digging around the top leagues in England, Spain, Italy, Germany, France, Portugal and Netherlands, while looking at all goals scored for their club teams in all league/cup/European competitions, ArJo is one of 10 players with at least 20 goals through games of Monday, January 27.


Not bad, Mr. Bacon.

Categories: Aron Johannsson, Inside the Numbers

Inside the Numbers: Matt Besler’s debut year with the USMNT
   January 14, 2014 (9:00 AM) by Matt Benson

After watching that video by US Soccer on Matt Besler and Graham Zusi from last week, it got me thinking:  How impressive was Besler’s first full year with the USMNT?

He went from not being in the USMNT picture (No bio in the USMNT media guide for 2013.  His only mention is in a recap of the 2012 US Open Cup.) to someone who played in 12 games and logged the fourth most minutes by any field player in 2013 (and he met Kim Kardashian).  Only DaMarcus Beasley, Omar Gonzalez and Jozy Altidore saw the field more.  One could argue that he is probably the #1 centerback on Jurgen Klinsmann’s depth chart as of right now.

So I dove into the USMNT media guide to try and find other players who recorded 10+ caps in their first year with the USMNT and found nine guys who have done this all-time.


Sort of a mixed bag, but it was still an impressive year for Besler.

The January camp has been good to some USMNT players in recent years (Geoff Cameron, Stuart Holden, Graham Zusi and Matt Besler to just name a few).  While this January is a little bit stronger than past camps, there could be a player or two who impresses Klinsi enough to get future looks (possibly sneak on the World Cup roster?).

Categories: Inside the Numbers, Matt Besler, US Men's National Team

Inside the Numbers: Catching up with Dempsey
   December 25, 2013 (3:00 PM) by Matt Benson


Just wanted to a quick post showing you where Clint Dempsey’s goals rack up in the Premier League/Fulham (heading into Boxing Day).  His 57 career Premier League goals are tied for the 17th most among current Premier League players.


While his 50 league goals with Fulham are the most in club history in the Premier League era.


I am probably going to buy some old English First Division stat books (since I am a dork), so I am hopefully going to investigate some more into Fulham’s history in the new few weeks.

Categories: Clint Dempsey, Inside the Numbers

Inside the Numbers: Roma’s winning streak
   November 1, 2013 (5:33 AM) by Matt Benson

If you follow this site on a regular basis, you know that I am into numbers and history.  Here is what I was able to find online about Roma’s current winning streak.  A lot of these numbers come from the Spanish stat guru Mr. Chip (or what I can find online).

* Roma’s 10-game winning streak to start the season is the longest in Serie A history.  The previous longest streak was eight by Juventus, done in 1930-31 and 1985-86.  Juventus actually won its first nine games in 2005-06, but that record was expunged by the match-fixing scandal from that season.

* Roma is the third team all-time from one of the top five European leagues (England, Spain, Italy, Germany and France) to start a season by winning each of it first 10 games.  Tottenham began the 1960-61 season with 11 straight wins while Manchester United began the 1985-86 season with 10 consecutive wins.

* Going back to last season, Roma has won each of its last 11 games in Serie A action, tying the club’s longest streak in top-flight play and the second-longest winning streak in Serie A history.  Roma also won 11 in a row during the 2005-06 season.  The longest winning streak in Serie A history is 17 by Inter Milan, set during the 2006-07 season, which is also the longest winning streak by any team from one of the top five European leagues.

* Roma has only given up one goal this season, becoming the first Serie A team to surrender only one goal through its first 10 games since Cagliari in 1966-67.  And Roma hasn’t given up a goal in each of its last seven Serie A games, tying the longest streak in club history.

Categories: Inside the Numbers, Michael Bradley

Inside the Numbers: Lots of hat tricks this month
   September 27, 2013 (7:15 AM) by Matt Benson

Herculez Gomez came back from injury last night and put three balls in the back of the net (highlights).  It was his first multi-goal game since March 1, 2013 (vs. Jaguares) and the second hat trick by an American in consecutive days.  Aron Johannsson also had a hat trick against Sparta Rotterdam in the Dutch Cup on Wednesday (highlights).  It was Johannsson’s first hat trick since scoring four goals against Horsens while playing with the AGF in the Danish Superliga on August 27, 2012.

Using our fun little goal tracker, here are all hat tricks at the club level by Americans playing outside the US in 2013.


Also of note regarding Herc, he now has 12 goals in 17 CONCACAF Champions League games since 2011-12.  It is still early in the 2013-14 competition (only five guys have 3+ goals this year), but he is the only player with 3+ goals in CONCACAF Champions League action in each of the last three tournaments.

Categories: Aron Johannsson, Herculez Gomez, Inside the Numbers
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Inside the Numbers: We’re going to the ‘ship
   July 25, 2013 (12:30 PM) by Matt Benson


Once again, the US keeps winning and scoring goals, which provides me with a lot of interesting numbers.  Here is a bunch of them.

* With the win last night, the US is headed to its Gold Cup record ninth appearance in the Gold Cup final.  The US is 4-4 all-time in the final. Its four wins are the second most in Gold Cup history.  Mexico leads the way with six Gold Cup titles.

* Jurgen Klinsmann is trying to become the second German manager to lead a team to the Gold Cup title.  German Holger Osieck led Canada to the title in 2000.

* The US continues to extend its USMNT record winning streak.  The current streak is now at 10 consecutive games, one shy of the all-time CONCACAF record according to Mr. Chip.  Mexico had an 11-game winning streak that ran from March 27, 1935 to February 18, 1938.

* The US has also won each of its last nine games on American soil, one shy of the USMNT record of 10 done between June 15, 2008 and July 8. 2009.

* With 11 wins in 2013, the US has now won 11+ games in a calendar year for the fifth time ever (also 2002, 2005, 2007 and 2009).

* Landon Donovan played in his 150th career game on Wednesday, becoming the second USMNT player to reach that mark.  According to the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation, Donovan is the 12th player in the world all-time to reach 150 caps.


* Donovan also keeps scoring goals, putting another two goals in the back of the net on Wednesday.  It was his ninth career multi-goal game, easily the most in USMNT history.   Here is a look at the US’s top six goal scorers all-time and their multi-goal game tallies.


* Donovan now has seven goals in 2013, the most by any US player in a calendar year since he scored a career-high nine goals in 2007.  It also brings his career total to 56, tied with Carlos Pavon of Honduras for the second most all-time in CONCACAF (I said Pavon had 57 the other day as there are a few different numbers for him out there, but I am now going with 56 after tweeting with Paul Carr).


* Donovan has also tied Chris Wondolowski (2013) for the most goals scored by a US player in a single Gold Cup with five.  And Donovan is the first player from any country in Gold Cup history to score 4+ goals in three different Gold Cups.

* The other goal scorer on Wednesday was Eddie Johnson.  Johnson scored his 17th career international goal, tying him with Jozy Altidore, DaMarcus Beasley and Earnie Stewart for the seventh most in USMNT history.

* Johnson has also now scored 3+ goals in a calendar year for the first time since scoring three goals in 2005.  And according to Paul Carr, 16 of his 17 career goals have come against CONCACAF opponents.  His lone non-CONCACAF goal came against Argentina at the 2007 Copa America.

Categories: Eddie Johnson, Inside the Numbers, Landon Donovan, US Men's National Team

Inside the Numbers: Post-Charm City numbers
   July 22, 2013 (11:23 AM) by Matt Benson


The US keeps winning and scoring goals, which provides me with a lot of interesting numbers.  Here is a bunch of them.

* The US extended its USMNT record winning streak to nine games on Sunday.  It was also the eighth straight victory on American soil.  The US record for consecutive wins on US soil is 10 done between June 15, 2008 and July 8. 2009.

* The current nine-game winning streak is the longest active streak in the world among the current FIFA Top 25 teams.  The Spanish stat guru Mr. Chip tweeted out that the nine-game winning streak is the second-longest active streak in the world among all teams.  The United Arab Emirates currently hold a 10-game wining streak according to Mr. Chip and (Soccerway has them at 11, while Elo’s site has them losing to North Korea earlier this year in a friendly.  Since it involves North Korea, Kim Jong-un could have made up that score.).

* Also according to Mr. Chip, the nine-game winning streak is the fourth longest in CONCACAF history.  The longest, according to him, is 11 straight victories.  Since he didn’t say who had the longest streak, I decided to waste my Sunday night digging through Mexico’s all-time results and found an 11-game winning streak that ran from March 27, 1935 to February 18, 1938.  They didn’t have any other 9+ game winning streaks in their history on

* With the win on Sunday, the US has now made the semifinals in each of its last seven Gold Cup appearances and has made the semis in 11 of its 12 all-time Gold Cup appearances.

* The US has now scored 5+ goals in 21 games all-time, with four of those games coming under Jurgen Klinsmann.  Three of those games have happened this year, all this month, and the US has never had more than two five-goal games in a single calendar year until 2013.

* Including yesterday’s five goals, the US is averaging 2.50 goals per game in 2013.  Only two years in USMNT history has the US averaged at least 2.00 goals per game for the whole calendar year:  2.18 in 2008 and 2.00 in 2000.

* The US has already scored 16 goals this Gold Cup, breaking the US single tournament record of 13, done in 2003 and 2007.

* While Landon Donovan extended his own Gold Cup record with his 16th career goal of the tournament on Sunday, he also tied a USMNT single-game record for any game with three assists.  Cobi Jones had three assists against the Cayman Islands in 1993, while Landon Donovan also had three assists against Trinidad & Tobago in 2009.

* Donovan has recorded six assists this tournament with each one going to a different goal scorer (Mix Diskerud, Eddie Johnson, Clarence Goodson, Brek Shea, Michael Orozco Fiscal and Stuart Holden).  Talk about getting others involved.

* His first assist on Sunday went to Clarence Goodson who scored his fifth career goal with the USMNT.  Three of his goals have come in a Gold Cup and Goodson is one of two players to score 1+ goal in each of the last three Gold Cups (also Blas Perez of Panama).

* Another one of Donovan’s assists went to Eddie Johnson who was on the field for a total of 15 seconds when he scored the goal.  While he looks like Sisqo, he has now scored in two different games in the same calendar year for the first time since 2007.

* Donovan’s goal was the 54th of his career, one shy of tying Carlos Ruiz of Guatemala for the third most in CONCACAF history.  Stern John of Trinidad & Tobago leads the way with 70, while Carlos Pavon of Honduras is second with 57.

* Probably the most impressive player on the field for El Salvador was Rodolfo Zelaya, who scored his fourth goal of the tournament on Sunday.  With him also scoring four goals in the 2011 Gold Cup, Zelaya joins Landon Donovan (2003 and 2007) as the only players in Gold Cup history to score 4+ goals in two different tournaments.  With Landon Donovan currently sitting on three goals in this year’s Gold Cup, he needs one more to become the first to do it in three different tournaments.

* And finally, I looked at Jurgen Klinsmann compared to other USMNT managers through their first six games back in 2011 since it wasn’t a pretty start.  With things turned around (and Sunday being his 35th game as head coach, a nice sort-of round number), I decided to look at things again.  Here is how he stacks up with the five other managers to reach at least 35 games in charge of the US.  He is right up there along Bob Bradley for one of the best 35-game starts.


Categories: Clarence Goodson, Eddie Johnson, Inside the Numbers, Landon Donovan, US Men's National Team

Inside the Numbers: Some more USMNT numbers
   July 14, 2013 (6:00 PM) by Matt Benson


A lot more numbers to throw your way after the US’s 4-1 win over Cuba on Saturday.

* With the win, the US has now won seven in a row, tying the longest winning streak in the USMNT history.  The US also won seven in a row in 2007, which overlapped with them winning the 2007 Gold Cup.  The teams they beat during the streak in 2007:  China, Guatemala, Trinidad & Tobago, El Salvador, Panama, Canada and Mexico.

* The seven-game winning streak is also the longest active streak in the world among teams ranked in the FIFA Top 25.


* The US has now scored 4+ goals in three straight games for the first time ever.  The US has also scored 16 goals over its last three games, tying the record for most goals scored over a three-game span (also done in 1993).

* With the win, the US is now 27-1-2 all-time in the Gold Cup group phase.

* The US came back from a 1-0 deficit to beat Cuba on Saturday. It was only the third time in 10 all-time meetings that the US has trailed against Cuba.  The US fell behind 1-0 to Cuba in a 2005 Gold Cup match before coming back to win by the score of 4-1 as well.  And the US also trailed and lost to Cuba, 5-2, in 1947.

* Chris Wondolowski has been the MVP for the US through two games of the tournament.  In fact, his five goals through two games is already the most goals scored by an American in a single Gold Cup.


* Wondo has now scored six goals over his last three games after failing to score goal in his first nine career games with the USMNT.

* Including his goal against Guatemala, Wondo has scored six goals in 2013.  Since 1991, scoring 6+ goals in a calendar year has happened only 15 times (including Wondo in 2013) and he has done it in only four games.


* Landon Donovan has also done well in recent games.  Besides becoming the first player in USMNT history with 50+ goals or 50+ assists, he scored his 15th career goal at the Gold Cup on Saturday, extending his own record.


* And this one comes from Paul Carr of ESPN, if you just take his 15 career penalty goals, those would be tied for the 10th most in USMNT history.

* Donovan has scored four goals in 2013, his most in a calendar year since he scored five in 2009.  And he has scored a goal in three straight games for the first time since the 2010 World Cup.

* Should Donovan or Wondo score again in the next game, they would tie the US record for goals in consecutive games at four straight, something Jozy Altidore matched (and his streak is still active until he plays again) earlier this year.  Donovan has scored in four straight games twice before, once in 2005 and another streak in 2007.

Categories: Chris Wondolowski, Inside the Numbers, Landon Donovan, US Men's National Team

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