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US v. Spain: Couple Quick Notes

Soccer’s No Baseball — It has been said that with baseball scoring, you can effectively immortalize a game, such that virtually everything of importance that happens can be seen on two tables (one per team).  Not soccer.  Checking out Charlie Davies’ stats this morning, we were surprised to see he only had one shot in the match.  As those of you who watched the game know, Davies caused all kinds of trouble for Spain’s defense (particularly early).  And in the two days since the US’s victory over Egypt, the rest of the team became better about feeding him the ball.  Dempsey (who got him the ball 10 times against Egypt — 6 medium and 4 long) only got him three passes (1 short and 2 medium).

And I ran . . . — Michael Bradley’s 11,019 km was his shortest distance covered of the tournament.  Although his evening was unfairly cut short, he completed his marathon and then some.  And he still leads the tournament with 47,445m covered (~1200 more than #2 Donovan).

Tim Howard Showing Some Hustle — After the Egypt match, we noted that Brad Guzan and Tim Howard had the two slowest top speeds of the tournament.  Well, no more:  Tim improved his top speed from 18.04 to 22.08 km/hr and moved ahead of Buffon and Casillas.

A Balanced Attack — Last night, the US made 14 attacks: 5 from the left, 5 from the center, and 4 from the right.  Previously, our attacks had more heavily favored the left (10 from the left; 14 from the center; and 5 from the right).

No Room for Error — Total Number of Fouls by US Central Midfielders: 1.  Total Number of Red Cards: 1.

What Are We Doing Wrong? — Although the US has committed the most fouls in the tournament (54), it is in a four-way tie for most yellow cards (6) with Spain, South Africa, and New Zealand.  Of those yellow-card leading teams, the U.S. is the only one with even one red card.

That’s the Way We Like It — We’re soccer fans first, so we  are happy to link you to articles that we come across and particularly like.  Sean O’Conor’s post summarizing the victory at No Short Corners is not only a good read, but one that throws in a fair amount of statistics.  And we always like to see that.

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  1. chrisutd07
    June 26, 2009 at 10:40 am

    you gotta give credit to the us with their tactics. also i think this shows how far usa soccer has come. i really think they can win a world cup in our lifetime, do you? vote/read about it here:

    http://thebleacherbums.wordpress.com/2009/06/26/usa-2-spain-0-a-sign-of-things-to-come/

    • Michael
      June 26, 2009 at 10:54 am

      I suspect my lifetime’s a little shorter than most. Nevertheless, I think this team has shown that the U.S. could make a World Cup Final. It takes luck, but we beat a European power in a winner-advances match. We’ll see whether the U.S. has what it takes to win two must-win games in a row. I’d like to think we do.

      Once American players reestablish the foothold in Europe that the previous generation had (McBride, Reyna, O’Brien, Lewis), I think we’ll have a legitimate top-10 team. And from there, a little bit of luck and who knows.

      I would add that American kids are playing ridiculous soccer at an early age. Before the Showdown in Chinatown this week, there was an exhibition match played by kids in Claudio Reyna’s academy. It was nothing like what I remembered the soccer of my youth looking like. If I make it another 20-30 years, I’ll really like my odds of seeing something amazing.

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