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.
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