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Inside the Numbers: Coaches Thru 6 Games & Other USMNT Fun
   November 11, 2011 (4:02 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

I really wanted to update this after another 1-0 loss by Jurgen Klinsmann and Co.  So here are the 12 guys who have coached the USMNT for at least six games all-time and their goals for/goals against/record through their first six games as head coach.

Klinsmann’s two goals would be the second worst start all-time through six games and the fewest since Walter Giesler in 1948-49.  And his one victory would be tied for the second fewest all-time through six games and the fewest since Lothar Osianer in 1986-88.

As for some other random stat factoids:

* The US is now 5-8-3 in 2011, guaranteeing its first losing year since 1997 (5-6-7).

* The two goals scored over the last six games is the fewest by the US over a six-game span since scoring only two goals between May 30, 1998 and January 24. 1999 (Steve Sampson’s last four games and Bruce Arena’s first two games as manager).

* And the last time the US scored two or fewer goals over a six-game span with the same manager was between June 27, 1992 and October 15, 1992 when they scored only two goals with Bora Milutinovic.

* The US has now lost is last seven games on European soil, its longest losing streak in Europe since losing nine straight between June 15, 1998 and June 21, 2003.

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6 Responses to “Inside the Numbers: Coaches Thru 6 Games & Other USMNT Fun”

  1. Thursby says:

    I don’t understand what the point of this is. Who did the others play? Apples Vs. Oranges.

  2. Andy says:

    Agreed. The Bradley numbers I’m sure were against doormat opponents.

  3. Matt says:

    I am just stating random stats and facts…..there is no real reason (I’m not trying to claim that Jurgen is the second worst coach all-time).

  4. Steve Trittschuh says:

    Interesting analysis Matt. I still think results in friendlies don’t matter. Especially friendlies on foreign soil.

  5. Ian says:

    I’m curious who were the first six teams Bradley faced? And what was their average ranking?

  6. Ian says:

    I think this is right.

    For Bradley:
    3-1 W vs Denmark @ home
    2-0 W vs Mexico @ home
    3-1 W vs Ecuador @ home
    0-0 D vs Guatemala @ home
    4-1 W vs China @ home
    2-1 W vs T&T @ home

    For Klinsmann:
    1-1 D vs Mexico @ home
    0-1 L vs Costa Rica @ home
    0-1 L vs Belgium in Belgium
    1-0 W vs Honduras @ home
    0-1 L vs Ecuador @ home
    0-1 L vs France in France

    I’m not providing these numbers to try and prove that one coach is better than the other. I just think there’s a misconception among a lot of fans about what Bradley actually accomplished. Besides the glaring French opposition the quality of opponents is pretty even (this is a Belgium team that didn’t even qualify for the Euro 2012 Playoffs). I’m glad there’s been a change, mostly because I think coaches begin to become too predictable and players become too comfortable knowing their place is secure. Up until this last game I’ve been fairly satisfied with Klinsmann because I’m not worried about results during friendlies (in all honesty losing 1-0 to France in Paris is a good result, but it was a very discouraging performance). I just want people to recognize that Bradley was a decent coach who didn’t just beat up on CONCACAF minnows.

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