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Inside the Numbers: Don’t call it a comeback
   August 15, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post


Once again, the US keeps winning and putting up ridiculous numbers which leads to me and others (Paul Carr and Mr. Chip) to find interesting things.  Here are some of them.

* The US’s 12-game winning streak is the longest active streak in the world and the longest in CONCACAF history.  The all-time record for any country is 15 by Spain, which the US snapped at the 2009 Confederations Cup.  The US is also the seventh country all-time to reach 12 consecutive victories.  The win also snapped Bosnia’s team-record nine-game unbeaten streak.

* Yesterday was the first win by the US ever on European soil after trailing in the match.  The US came back from a 2-0 deficit for the first time since beating Saudi Arabia (won 4-3 after trailing 3-0) in 1995.  And Wednesday was only the second time that the US has trailed during its current 12-game winning streak.  They also trailed against Cuba in the Gold Cup before coming back to win 4-1.

* The US has now scored 4+ goals in six games during the 12-game winning streak.  The US has also now scored 4+ goals on European soil for the third time ever.  The US won, 4-1, at Liechtenstein in 1990 and beat Mexico, 4-2, in Rome in 1934.

* With 13 wins in 2013, the US has now won 13 games in a calendar year for the third time ever (also 2005 and 2009), tying its single calendar year record.

* The US is now 5-3-1 against European (UEFA) teams under Jurgen Klinsmann, including a 3-2-1 mark on European soil.

* Like it has been mentioned by more than a few people by now, Jozy Altidore is the first US player to score 1+ goal in five straight games.  Jozy’s hat trick was the 16th all-time in USMNT history and the fourth recorded outside the US.  Bert Patenaude scored three goals against Paraguay at the 1930 World Cup in Montevideo, Uruguay.  Aldo “Buff” Donelli had four goals against Mexico in a 1934 World Cup qualifier in Rome, Italy and Peter Millar scored three goals against Haiti in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 1968.

* With Landon Donovan (7 goals), Jozy Altidore (7) and Chris Wondolowski (6), the US has three players with 6+ goals in a calendar year for the first time since 2002 (Clint Mathis 7, Landon Donovan 6 & Brian McBride 6).  And between Donovan and Altidore, the US has two players with 7+ goals in a calendar year for the first time since 1993 (Joe-Max Moore 8 & Dominic Kinnear 7).

* Eddie Johnson now has four international goals in 2013, his most in a calendar year since he scored five in 2004.  Yesterday’s goal was his 18th career goal for the US, but only his second against a non-CONCACAF opponent (and his first on European soil).

* With the win yesterday, Tim Howard has now become the second US goalkeeper with 50+ career wins and only trails Kasey Keller’s 53 career wins for the most in USMNT history.

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Matt Benson

Matt likes soccer. He likes sleeping in. He is also amused easily. That is pretty much it.

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4 Responses to “Inside the Numbers: Don’t call it a comeback”

  1. Trent Hill says:

    Good stat dump. We’ll have a good shot at snapping Spain’s win-streak.

  2. Will Sanchez says:

    Great game Jozy!!! I like the way the Iceman (Aron Johannson) plays. We go two world class forwards, three if you count Dempsey.

  3. Jerry says:

    So do we have any other cool “bad guy” names for our players?

    EJ is Simon Phoenix from Demolition Man, and now we have Johannson who is “Iceman” from Top Gun. How would “General Bradley” do with a nuclear submarine?

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