The United States Men’s national team has played 30 matches since Jurgen Klinsmann was hired as manager in 2011.
His appointment came after Bob Bradley was fired in the wake of a 4-2 defeat in the Gold Cup Final at the hands of Mexico. Klinsmann picked up right where Bradley left off, playing Mexico in his first match in an international friendly on home soil. The Yanks tied the match 1-1 with Robbie Rogers (assisted by Brek Shea) netting a late game-tying goal for the USMNT.
The U.S. has won exactly half its matches with Klinsmann as boss earning three points on 15 occasions, losing nine matches and drawing six. Of their 30 matches, 14 have been World Cup qualifiers, and 16 have been international friendlies. Klinsmann has played nearly as many home matches as away matches with the Yanks playing in the U.S. 16 times and away 14 times.
Klinsmann’s group has outscored opponents by 11 having scored 41 goals and allowed 30. That’s an average of 1.3 goals scored per match and one goal conceded per match.
Their highest scoring output came in a 5-1 rout of Scotland in an international friendly in 2012 wherein Landon Donovan recorded three goals, his only tallies in the Klinsmann era. The second-most goals the U.S. has scored with Klinsmann at the helm are four in their recent friendly against Germany.
Clint Dempsey has been by far the team’s most productive scorer. The Texan has notched 13 goals, more than double the total of the next closest player, Jozy Altidore, who has five. Donovan, Herculez Gomez and Eddie Johnson all have three. In total, 16 different players have scored goals for the U.S. since Klinsmann’s career started.
The creation of goals has been more spread out than the scoring as German-Americans Fabian Johnson and Jermaine Jones (along with Michael Bradley) are tied for team-leading assists with four. Clint Dempsey has pitched in three and Jozy Altidore has added two. In total, 15 Americans have assisted on goals for the USMNT under Klinsmann.
Combined, Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore have had a direct role in over half the U.S.’ goals under Klinsmann, having scored or assisted on 23 of the 41 total goals (56 percent).
The lion’s share of the U.S.’ goals have come in the first half with 23 of the 41 having been scored in the first 45 minutes. They have been particularly good at finding the back of the net just before halftime as just under a fourth (10) of their goals have come between the 30th and 45th minute. They have been able to score in the last 15 minutes on seven occasions.
In terms of streaks, the U.S.’ best run of play came in 2012 when the Yanks won five straight matches, including its first-ever win against Italy, a 1-0 road victory in an international friendly. During that spell, the USMNT scored 11 goals and only allowed three.
Another feather in Klinsmann’s cap is the U.S.’ best record in a calendar year, 2012, when the Yanks won eight matches, lost three and drew three. In that time, they scored 23 goals and only allowed 13.
Clean sheets have been a theme under Klinsmann as the U.S. has blanked opponents in 12 matches, six of which were in World Cup qualifiers. They have only allowed more than two goals in three matches, all international friendlies (four against Brazil and Belgium and three against Germany). They have conceded one goal 11 times and two goals four times.
The U.S. will look to continue its fine form as of late, having won four straight matches. Next up is Guatemala on July 5, 2013 in the Gold Cup in San Diego California. The Gold Cup, a CONCACAF tournament, offers Klinsmann another opportunity to add to his impressive U.S. resume so far: the chance to nab his first trophy in an international tournament.
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