MNT Nov 19, 2013
- The USA will finish the year with the best winning percentage during a calendar year in U.S. MNT history. The USA is now 16-3-3 (.795) and will top the previous winning percentage record of .750 in 2005 (13-3-4) and 2012 (9-2-3) no matter the result of its final match of the year on Tuesday, Nov. 19, against Austria.
- The 16 victories are a record for a calendar year, topping the previous mark of 13 wins in 2005 and 2009.
- Tim Howard, who wore the captain's armband for the fourth time in 2013 during the 0-0 draw with Scotland on Nov. 15, now has 34 career shutouts for the United States, holding second place all-time ahead of National Soccer Hall of Famer Tony Meola. He is one win away from tying Kasey Keller (53) at the top of the USA’s all-time list for goalkeepers.
- Jozy Altidore has eight goals this year and 21 all-time, including four in World Cup Qualifiers. He set a team record by scoring in five-consecutive games (6/2-8/14), and, with his three-goal performance against Bosnia, became the third player to score two career hat tricks for the U.S. National Team, joining Landon Donovan and Peter Millar.
- DaMarcus Beasley, who captained the team in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, has 16 starts in 2013, the most of any U.S. player, and is tied in appearances with Eddie Johnson. The 16 games represent the most in a calendar year during Beasley’s 12-year international career.
- U.S. striker Terrence Boyd plays for local club Rapid ViennaBoyd has six goals in league play for Rapid Vienna this campaign and 10 in all competitions. He is coming off scoring both goals in a 2-2 draw against Genk in the Europa League.
- This is the USA’s first visit to Austria since 1998 and second overall. The first encounter came April 22, 1998, when the United States captured a 3-0 victory in one of its final matches before the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
- Following the draw against Scotland, the U.S. MNT is now 27-9-7 under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. He is ahead of Steve Sampson (26-22-14 record from 1995-98) for sole possession of fourth place on the USA’s all-time winning coaches list. Klinsmann is three victories behind third-place Bora Milutinovic (30-35-31 record from 1991-95).
- The U.S. will finish 2013 on a 12-game home winning streak, a record run that began with a 4-3 victory against Germany on June 2 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. The USA’s previous record was 10 straight wins from June 15, 2008, to July 11, 2009.