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U.S. – Panama: Match Stats & Group Stage Averages

It was hard to know exactly where to begin in reviewing this match.  The U.S. won and advanced.  But it was a frustrating match for U.S. fans.

So, we’ll start where we always do:  statistics.  Let’s go stat-by-stat and compare how each team did with their group-stage averages.


United States

gs – Group Stage

po – Panama’s Opponents in Group Stage

  Match   gsAVG gsMIN gsMAX   poAVG poMIN poMAX
GF 2   2.7 2 4        
GA 1   0.7 0 2        
SOG 6   7.3 5 11   5.3 4 6
SW 7   6.3 4 8   0.7 0 1
F 19   12.3 8 15   19.0 8 28
CKs 6   8.3 8 9   3.3 2 4
Off 0   0.3 0 1   1.0 0 2
Poss 50   53.7 51 57   51.7 48 58


As was apparent to viewers, the U.S. was below its group-stage average in every statistic except Shots Wide and Fouls Committed.  Even with an extra 30 minutes, the U.S. earned two fewer corner kicks, took one fewer shot on goal, and scored as many goals as it had in its worst performances in those categories during the group stage.

The U.S. came into the match with 7 yellow cards on 37 fouls (5.3 fouls per yellow).  It received one yellow (Conrad) and had its goalkeeping coach red carded at the end of the first half.


gs – Group Stage

uo – U.S. Opponents in Group Stage

  Match   gsAVG gsMIN gsMAX   uoAVG uoMIN uoMAX
GF 1   2.0 1 4        
GA 2   1.0 0 2        
SOG 1   6.3 2 9   3.0 1 5
SW 2   3.0 2 4   1.7 1 2
F 20   18.0 12 30   9.0 8 11
CKs 2   3.3 1 6   2.3 1 4
Off 1   3.0 0 5   6.0 3 8
Poss 50   48.3 42 52   46.3 43 49


Although it may not have seemed like it, the U.S. was able to hold Panama’s offense down below its group-stage averages.  Panama was held below its gsAVG in Goals, Shots on Goal (-5), and Shots Wide (-1) but did exceed its gsAVG in Possession (+1.7) and was called Offsides only once (-2 below gsAVG).

Panama came into the match with 7 yellow cards and 2 red cards on 54 fouls.  (7.7 fouls per yellow and 27 fouls per red).  It received four yellows and two red cards (one yellow accumulation), both at the conclusion of the match.



Benito Archundia

Match analysis should not often start with the referee, but in a match dominated by physical play, featuring five yellows and three red cards, and decided on a penalty kick awarded for a hard foul it makes sense.

  • Fouls:  Panama entered the match averaging one foul every five minutes.  The U.S. averaged one foul every 7.3 minutes.  In 120 minutes, Panama was called for 20 fouls (one every six minutes) and the U.S. called for 19 (one every 6.3 minutes).  In other words, Panama improved its ratio of minutes to fouls by 20% and the U.S. decreased its by 13.7%.
  • Yellow Cards:  Both the U.S. and Panama entered the match with seven yellow cards (an average of 2.3 cards per match).  Archundia gave the U.S. one yellow card and Panama four.  The U.S. was 1.3 cards below its Group-Stage Average and Panama was 1.7 cards above its gsAVG.  Archundia averages 3.8 yellow cards per match, so his five total yellows was 1.2 above his average.
  • Red Cards:  Panama entered the match with two red cards and received two from Archundia (both at the end.)  The U.S. had not received any red cards coming into the match; Archundia red carded its goalkeeping coach at the end of the first half.  In 79 matches, Archundia has issued 25 red cards.  4 of them (16%) in 8 matches involving the U.S. (9% of his matches).  Only one (4%) against the U.S.
  • Penalty Kicks:  Benito Archundia has only awarded 10 penalty kicks in his 79 career matches.  But he has awarded 3 of them (30%) to the U.S.

Although some have held Archundia’s performance up as an exemplar of experienced officiating in a potentially explosive match, I would disagree.  Archundia didn’t call fewer fouls per minute than other CONCACAF officials have, he merely balanced them out roughly evenly among the teams.  And while that may be fair in some instances, if one squad comes in with 46% more fouls than another, you would not expect them to win the fouls-committed battle by only one foul.

It is my suspicion that Archundia is sophisticated enough to know that if he wants to continue to receive high-profile matches from FIFA, he needs to try and avoid calls that will determine games unless they are absolutely necessary and perfectly clear.  And, in that regard, he did well.  I doubt that any of his big calls (cards and the penalty kick) could be seriously labeled unnecessary.  (Conrad’s push was a bit quick for my tastes, but if you surveyed a panel of referees and asked whether a yellow should be awarded when Player A pushes Player B while both are off the ball, I suspect you’d find reasonable support for the card.)  Could Torres’s foul on Cooper be a straight red?  Sure, but it could also be a yellow.

In short, Archundia did not believe it was worth risking his prospects of continued high-profile matches to stick his neck out in this match.  And given that Archundia has generally been good to the U.S. and is a CONCACAF official who is actually respected by FIFA, I cannot blame him for that decision.


United States

Offensive Statistics:

  • Goals For (2):  For the third match in a row, the U.S. scored twice.
  • Shots on Goal (6):  For the third match in a row, the U.S. managed six or fewer shots on goal (6, 5, 6).  With a SOG/G ratio of 24% for most top squads  the U.S. is still converting shots on goal into goals at a higher than average rate (35.2% over the past 3 matches).
  • Shots Wide (7):  After beginning the tournament with more SOG than SW, the U.S. now has two consecutive matches with fewer shots on goal than shots wide.
  • Corner Kicks (6): Despite the extra 30 minutes, the U.S. earned less corner kicks than it had in any other match (previous low was 8).
  • Offsides (0):  The U.S. once again went an entire match without being called offside.  The U.S. has only been caught offsides once in the Gold Cup.
  • Possession (50%):  The U.S. only managed to hold the ball 50% of the time.  While this is better than Guateloupe and Nicaragua did, Mexico held the ball 58% of the time against Panama.  It was the lowest ball possession for the U.S. in the Gold Cup.

Defensive Statistics:

  • Goals Against (1):  After two shutouts, the U.S. has now conceded goals in two straight matches.  Troy Perkins has allowed three goals in four MNT matches, but has two shutouts.
  • Opp. Shots on Goal (1):  Panama got only one shot on goal.  This ties Grenada for fewest Shots on Goal by a U.S. Opponent in the Gold Cup.  Mexico had permitted only two shots on goal by Panama .
  • Opp. Shots Wide (2):  Like Mexico, the U.S. permitted Panama only two shots wide.  The U.S. defense has not conceded more than two shots wide in any match in this Gold Cup.
  • Fouls Committed (19):  The U.S.’s 19 fouls were the most (by 4) that the team has committed in the Gold Cup.
  • Corner Kicks Conceded (2):  The U.S. has conceded only 9 corner kicks in the Gold Cup.
  • Times Opponent Called Offside (1):  Prior to the match, Grenada (3) had been called offside the fewest times in a match against the U.S.
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