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US v. Egypt — A Quick Look at the Numbers

Statistically speaking, it didn’t look good for the United States yesterday.  But intangibles win games.  And sometimes statistics do a poor job capturing the quality of a team.  Yesterday’s victory was a mixture of both.

A more detailed analysis will follow, but even in the brief numbers from the US National Team’s Game Report there are clear signs that the US played well beyond all the indicators from its two previous matches.

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The United States’ 3 goals (Davies, Bradley, and Dempsey) were triple its goal total entering the match.  And Egypt was held scoreless for the first time this year (eight matches).  The United States and Brazil are the only two teams to score first-half goals against Egypt this year.

Shots & Shots on Goal:

In its two previous games, the U.S. had taken 19 shots and put 7 shots on goal.  Against Egypt, the U.S. took 14 and put 9 shots on goal.

Egypt’s performance was consistent with its prior two matches, in which Egypt had taken 17 shots and put 9 shots on goal.  Yesterday, Egypt took 9 shots and put 4 on goal.

Corner Kicks:

Entering yesterday’s match, the U.S. had taken four corners and the Pharaohs had six.  Yesterday, the U.S. earned one corner kick to the Pharaohs’ seven.


Entering the match, the U.S. led the tournament in fouls committed (33) and red cards (2).  Egypt was second in both categories with 28 fouls committed and 1 red card.  Egypt was tied for the tournament lead with four yellow cards.

Both teams cut down on the number of fouls:  the U.S. committed only 11 and did not earn a red card for the first time in the tournament.  Michael Bradley has the distinction of being the first U.S. midfielder to receive a yellow card (the team’s prior yellows went to Onyewu and Bornstein).  With Spector earning a yellow yesterday, Jay DeMerit is the only American defender yet to be carded.

Egypt’s eight fouls and single yellow were both well below its averages (14 and 2).


Entering the match, the U.S. had been called offsides twice and the Pharaohs had been called four times.  Only Egypt was flagged for offsides yesterday:  five times.

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