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November 21, 2011 Leave a comment

Decided tonight, in the midst of some serious procrastination, to check on the old blog and see how it’s gone.  I’m very pleased to know that my post regarding the average number of minutes of actual playing time is the most commonly cited post on here.  While I enjoyed the momentary notariety that came with predicting Jorge Larrionda would red card an American midfielder in our Confederations Cup match against Spain in 2009, I didn’t start the site to criticize refs.  So I’m glad that something useful to others (typically folks making the argument that soccer is boring, unfortunately) has come from the hard work.

When I come across defunct blogs, I often wonder what happened to them.  Read more…

Categories: Uncategorized

On Hiatus

August 14, 2010 Leave a comment

I’m going to be out of town for a couple weeks, so post to the site will be on hold.  We’ll resume again in September.

Categories: Uncategorized

Average Actual Playing Time

August 7, 2010 3 comments

I compiled the data from all of the match reports from the FIFA 2010 World Cup into a spreadsheet.  Here’s what I found in terms of Actual Playing Time:

In the average 90-minute match at the 2010 World Cup, the average actual playing time in a match that had a winner was 68.0 minutes.  The average actual playing time for matches that ended in a draw was 67.2 minutes, a difference of less than one minute.

What’s this mean?  Well, a couple things.  First, these APT calculations INCLUDE the stoppage time, so even when the referee adds in time to a match, teams generally play 22-23 minutes less than the “full 90.”  Second, the consistency between APT during matches with a winner and those ending in a draw is surprising.  It suggests that regardless of the score, there can be incentives for time wasting.

New Links to World Cup Numbers

August 7, 2010 Leave a comment

Just published another article on the USA 10 Kit: my overview of the averages for shots, APT, and fouls committed for teams that win, lose, or draw.  Check it out here.

While I was working on that article, I found a post on Attacking Soccer from last month that had a number of interesting quick-hit statistics about the World Cup.

Categories: General News, World Cup

Updated: US Results by Opponent

August 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Ever wanted to know exactly how the US has performed against a specific country or region?  The complete match history of the MNT is available on various web sites, but if you wanted to know totals, you were on your own.  Now, you can simply check out our page: US Results by Opponent.

Every US MNT match from November 15, 2000 through the 2010 World Cup is represented (with the U.S. team’s complete match history forthcoming).  You can see win/loss/draw stats by region and opponent as well as our goals for and against.

I hope you enjoy the page — it took a fair share of work, but seemed like the kind of basic US MNT statistic that should be available to fans.

Categories: Tournament Statistics

Eddie & Clint get minutes for Fulham

July 31, 2010 2 comments

Eddie Johnson played 45 minutes in Fulham’s 1-0 loss to Portsmouth today, coming in as a second-half sub.  Clint Dempsey came on in the 60th minute and finished the match.  No neat prose from Fulham FC praising the Americans’ work this match, but there’s always next time. I’ll admit a little relief that Mark Hughes gave Eddie significant playing time in his first match as head coach.   Eds. Note:  According to The Mirror, today was Hughes’ first match as Fulham’s boss, but the team won’t begin practicing with him until Monday.  He spent today’s match as a spectator in the Director’s Box.

Categories: Americans Abroad

U.S. Wins the Milk Cup

July 31, 2010 Leave a comment

Congrats to the U.S. U-20 team on their 3-0 victory over Norther Ireland to win the Milk Cup.

A couple things you must check out.  First, Brent Latham does a very thorough job of looking into the futures of the U.S. team.  Second, watch Agudelo’s goal (it starts at about 1:10).

Finally, the stats for the match, from

  USA N. Ire.
Shots 13 7
Saves 4 4
Fouls 14 16
Corners 9 3
Offside 1 1
Categories: U-20s