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


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.

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Matt Benson

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8 Responses to “Inside the Numbers: Some more USMNT numbers”

  1. daniil says:

    And if you take away his 15 career penalty goals… he is not our all-time leading scorer and the ‘legend’ that he is today.

  2. Mitch Malitz says:

    Thought it was 16 goals over three games

  3. Matt says:

    Yeah, that was a typo on my part. Thanks Mitch.

  4. Mitch Malitz says:

    I tell everyone and anyone I can about this site Matt. Check it multiple times every day. Thanks for the great work you guys put in.

  5. Gregory says:

    Not to long ago fans were calling for Klinsmann to be fired and criticized his tactics. All this scoring his coming off weak teams, but Klinsmann deserves some credit, this wasn’t happening under Bob Bradley.

  6. daniil says:

    6/12/2007 W 4 0 El Salvador Foxborough, Massachusetts GC Bob Bradley

    6/2/2007 W 4 1 China San Jose, California Bob Bradley

    6/15/2008 W 8 0 Barbados Carson, California WCQ Bob Bradley

    10/11/2008 W 6 1 Cuba Washington, D.C. WCQ Bob Bradley

    7/4/2009 W 4 0 Grenada Seattle, Washington GC Bob Bradley


  7. daniil says:

    not to bash klinsmann, but he’s no messiah, better than bradley? maybe. maybe not.

    i hate klinsmann. a little piece of me died inside when i heard he was hired. but i have never called for his firing. i donot believe in firing a coach in the middle of a cycle. i think you go with the guy you’ve promised to go with, even if qualifying is going poorly, and especially if qualifying has not even started *glares judgmentally at ussf*

  8. Trent Hill says:

    I’m a Klinsmann fan, but I think his line-up choices have been bewildering at times. I also think he needs to do a better job of poaching dual-nationality players (JA Brooks, Shawn Parker, Seb Hines).

    I was also a Bob Bradley fan and will never understand him being fired.

    With all that being said–we are on an absolute tear right now and if we win tomorrow and then go on to win the Gold Cup (which seems at least possible), we will have won 11 game in a row. That’s insanely good, even for CONCACAF qualifying/Gold Cup (although it includes the win over Germany B).

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