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Trivia Time: Minutes Played Per Yellow Card

In the Bob Bradley era, 18 MNT players have received at least 2 yellow cards:

  1. Which U.S. player has received the most yellow cards during that time?
  2. Which of those 18 players has the fewest number of minutes played per yellow (Total Minutes/Yellow Cards)?  Bonus points if you can guess the second place player as well.

Answers after the break:

  1. Michael Bradley’s 9 yellow cards leads the U.S.
  2. Pablo Mastroeni.  He receives a yellow card for every 142 minutes he plays (roughly 1 yellow for every 1.6 matches).  Second place is Frankie Hejduk with a yellow card for every 209 minutes he plays (1 yellow for every 2.3 matches).
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  1. wjmooner
    July 13, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    I got the first one right and probably would have gotten the second one if I’d have thought about it for more than ten seconds. Sweet. Looks like Jermaine Jones will fit in perfectly in our central midfield, 9 yellows and 2 reds in 30 Bundesliga matches last season.

    Don’t get me wrong though, as you know I’m a firm believer that Jones immediately steps into our starting lineup because, duh, he’s better than Bradley, so he obviously starts with Bradley over whoever else.

    Incidentally, it seems as though the main criticism against Jones is his lack of passing ability (other than his controversial off the field comments and his high amount of cards). But I wonder if the case against him hasn’t been overstated a bit. He hadn’t had an assist in five years, but last year alone he had five assists. Looks like someone learned to pass.

    • Michael
      July 13, 2009 at 4:06 pm

      The only really surprising thing about the second was the significant lead he had over second place.

      I’m intrigued by the Jones passing comment. I’ll have to try and find a source to check out his club-level passing completion rate.

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