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US v. Spain — U.S. Attacking Numbers

It is a strange 2-0 victory where the bulk of discussion is on a team’s defense.  But let’s face it, the Spanish unleashed an offensive flurry on the U.S. in the second half and Tim Howard and our newest backline combination held up.  Still, let’s look at some of the U.S.’s attacking numbers:

For the second game in a row, the US had 14 attacks.  In its first two matches (Italy and Brazil), the US had a total of 15 attacks.

The U.S. put only 2 of its 9 shots on goal, but scored on both.

The U.S. possessed the ball only 44% of the time.  In all four of its matches, the US has allowed its opponent to have teh ball for at least 53% of the time.

The U.S. lost the ball 24 times against Spain.  It had lost it only 19 times against Italy & Brazil combined.  And 19 times against Egypt.

The U.S. was called offside four times against Spain.  It had been offside only twice before:  once against Italy and once against Brazil.

The U.S. attempted 371 passes.  It completed only 55%, its lowest percentage of the tournament.

In terms of pass completion, the U.S. had its worst game of the tournament in both short- and long-pass completion.  The US connected on only 61% of its short passes (previously between 63-66%).  It connected on only 34% of its long passes.  In its previous three matches, it had completely roughly 60% in each match.

Clint Dempsey has been named “Man of the Match” for the second consecutive match.

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