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Inside the Numbers: Clean Sheets
   May 4, 2011 (6:54 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

I checked out the top American goal scorers in Europe back in January (top flight leagues here and lower level guys here), so I thought I would give the goalkeepers some love this week.  For the goalies, I am doing all guys (top flight and lower level) in one post and these numbers include all competitions (League/Cup/Champions League/Europa League/etc).

But here are the goalies with the most clean sheets in Europe (through games of Tuesday, May 3).  I am just going to list down to guys with at least four.

David Yelldell (MSV Duisburg) – 13
Tim Howard (Everton) – 8
Brad Friedel (Aston Villa) – 6
Nick Noble (Ljungskile SK) – 6
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/Hull City) – 5
Luis Robles (Karlsruher) – 4
Josh Wicks (IFK Mariehamn) – 4

From what I can find, David Yelldell’s 10 clean sheets during league play are the sixth most in the German 2. Bundesliga.  Add in his three during cup competitions and his 13 look to be the second most among 2. Bundesliga goalkeepers (Simon Jentzsch of FC Augsburg leads the way with 14 across all competitions).

Looking at the Premier League, Tim Howard’s eight clean sheets are tied with Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) and Paul Robinson (Blackburn Rovers) for the seventh most, while Brad Friedel’s six are tied with Ali Al-Habsi (Wigan Athletic) and Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal) for the 12th most.

Back to Yelldell for a minute, but he has put together a nice little season with Duisburg and could possibly be in the Gold Cup picture if Bob Bradley wants to put him on the roster over Marcus Hahnemann (getting older) or Brad Guzan (getting married during some of the Gold Cup).  And he has a chance at some hardware on May 21 when Duisburg takes on Schalke in the DFB Pokal Final.  It will be Duisburg’s fourth German Cup finals appearance (1966, 1975, 1998), but they have never walked away with the trophy.

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Categories: Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan, David Yelldell, Josh Wicks, Luis Robles, Nick Noble, Tim Howard

One Response to “Inside the Numbers: Clean Sheets”

  1. Joe Frake says:

    How long is Yelldell on contract for at Duisburg? He’s done such a great job…would love to see him on a top-flight team. If not in the Bundesliga, then somewhere else.

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