MNT Jun 5, 2011
IN EIGHT GAMES SINCE THE WORLD CUP: Quickly after the conclusion of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, preparations were already underway for the U.S. to build toward this summer’s Gold Cup. In the eight games since the Round of 16 in South Africa, the U.S. has played six teams that were part of the 2010 World Cup and three of the top four ranked teams in the world (Spain , 1; Argentina, 4; Brazil, 3). Here is a breakdown of the U.S. Gold Cup roster’s contribution in the past eight games.
Maurice Edu leads the U.S. with six starts since the 2010 World Cup.
- Maurice Edu is the only player to have started six games during that span. Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley and Jonathan Spector are the only other players on the roster who appeared in six games since the World Cup.
- Only three players have played more than half the minutes for the U.S. since the World Cup: Bradley (495), Altidore (419) and Edu (405). Clint Dempsey has played 360 minutes, exactly half.
- Juan Agudelo and Tim Ream earned their first caps in the final match of 2010, a 2-1 win in the Nelson Mandela Challenge on Nov. 17. in South Africa
- Chris Wondolowski is the most recent debutant, appearing for the first time on Jan. 22, 2011, against Chile.
- Jermaine Jones made his long-awaited debut on Oct. 9, 2010, against Poland.
- Eric Lichaj debuted on Oct. 12, 2010, against Colombia.
IN 2011: U.S. head coach Bob Bradley has used the first four games of this year as preparation for the 2011 Gold Cup, seeking to evaluate players, combinations and tactics with the ultimate goal a trip to the Rose Bowl on June 25. With four matches against nations that all advanced to the Round of 16 and further at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, including marquee matchups against Spain and Argentina, Bradley has mixed a group of veterans from the 2010 team with some new faces on this Gold Cup squad.
Tim Ream leads the U.S. in minutes played in 2011.
- Juan Agudelo is the only player to appear in all four games in 2011
- Tim Ream leads the team with 270 minutes played.
- Ream, Maurice Edu and Jozy Altidore are the only players to have started three games in 2011.
- Only five players have played the equivalent of more than two full games (180 minutes): Ream (270), Agudelo (230), Michael Bradley (225), Clint Dempsey (225) and Altidore (194).
- The Gold Cup team players have played an averaged 129 minutes
- All but one of the 23 players has played at least an entire half this year, while only Freddy Adu has not appeared in a game.