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 FIFA.com (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 FIFA.com.
* 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.
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