YNT Jun 30, 2011
- Cabrera changed his lineup in the third match against New Zealand when he started Alfred Koroma, giving the forward his first start of the tournament. The head coach will have to change his lineup at least once more against Germany as he’ll be without the services of suspended team captain Marc Pelosi.
- U.S. players Tarik Salkicic, Zach Carroll, Mobi Fehr and Joe Amon each enter the match with a yellow card. Another caution against Germany would mean a one-match suspension if the U.S. were to advance.
- U.S. goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh has allowed just two goals in seven games he’s started this year. Both of those goals came against Uzbekistan, which was also the first loss McIntosh has suffered this year.
- The U.S. and Germany have both earned two shutouts from their three group games.
- Including the win against the Czech Republic in Group D, the U.S. holds a 6-8-2 record against European teams at this competition.
- Germany is one of only two teams to have won all three of its group matches at the World Cup (the other is host Mexico).
- German forward Samed Yesil scored three of Germany’s six goals during the final round of UEFA qualifying in May.
- Germany is the only team to score six goals in one match at this tournament, a 6-1 win against Ecuador in their opener.
- Neither the U.S. nor Germany will hold training sessions at Estadio Corregidora to ensure that the pitch is at its best for Thursday’s matches.
- In total 569,913 people attended the 36 group matches in the six venues across Mexico, with an average of 15,380 supporters per game.