U.S. Soccer

Steve Cherundolo by the Numbers

Here is a look at some of the noteworthy numbers by U.S. Men's National Team defender Steve Cherundolo, who announced his retirement on Wednesday.


Three-time FIFA World Cup veteran Steve Cherundolo announced his retirement on Wednesday, ending a stellar playing career for both the U.S. Men’s National Team and his longtime professional club Hannover 96 in the German Bundesliga.

Cherundolo was the team captain and spent his entire professional career at Hannover. For the USA, he is on the top-20 list all-time in career appearances (87) and assists (10).

Here is a look at some of Cherundolo’s noteworthy numbers on the international and professional fronts:

  • 2: Career goals with the Men’s National Team – March 22, 2006, against Germany (4-1 loss) and Nov. 17, 2007, against South Africa (1-0 win in the Nelson Mandela Challenge)
  • 3: Career FIFA World Cup rosters (2002, 2006, 2010); one of only three MNT defenders to be rostered for three World Cups, the others being National Soccer Hall of Famers Marcelo Balboa and Eddie Pope
  • 7: Consecutive years Cherundolo recorded at least one assist for the MNT from 2004 to 2010
  • 10: Career assists, which tied him for 12th all-time with Chris Henderson, Brian McBride and Earnie Stewart
  • 13: Years spent on the U.S. MNT from 1999-2012
  • 75: Yards on Cherundolo’s first MNT goal on March 22, 2006, against Germany; his long-distance pass bounced into the net after U.S. forward Eddie Johnson and Germany goalkeeper Oliver Kahn collided into each other
  • 87: Career MNT caps, ranking 19th on the all-time list
  • 302: Club-record appearances at Hannover 96
  • 390: Minutes logged during the 2010 FIFA World Cup as Cherundolo played in every minute of all four matches, including the 120-minute Round of 16 loss against Ghana
  • 45-27-15: U.S. MNT’s record when Cherundolo played in a match (.603 winning percentage)

Mallory Pugh: Head of the Class

The combination of natural born talent, hard work, an excellent support system and the tremendous support given to the U.S. Youth National Team programs has allowed Mallory Pugh to have some unique soccer experiences before the age of 18.

She started in a U-20 Women’s World Cup at 16-years-old, debuted for the full U.S. National Team at 17, scored her first international goal at the senior level in front of more than 23,000 fans and became the youngest U.S. female player ever to play in an Olympic Qualifying match.

Those accomplishments have earned her the acclaim of being one of the top young players in the world.

“I remember coming into January Camp for the WNT following the [World Cup] Qualifying tournament for the U-20s the month before and being nervous,” Pugh said. “But then as the soccer came along and we started playing more and more, that's when things became a lot more comfortable and easy. Now things are great and I'm excited for what's ahead.”

The Highlands Ranch, Colorado native, debuted with the WNT on Jan. 23 in San Diego against the Republic of Ireland. In only 33 minutes of play, Pugh showed she belonged. She scored her first goal 25 minutes into her senior team career, making her the 19th player in team history to score in her first cap and the sixth-youngest player to record a goal in the history of the women's program. Three months later, Pugh has appeared in all 11 games for the USA this year.

But when Pugh isn't on the field, it’s no surprise that she lives life like a regular teenager who is ready (really ready!) to graduate from high school; she is currently fighting a serious case of senioritis. She enjoys going to the mall, hanging out with friends, and hiking, if of course the weather is nice.

Another recent occurrence in her life? Her prom date was late for photos, a big no-no in the unspoken rules of prom etiquette.

Prom pics aside, it’s likely that Pugh will be the subject of many photographs in the coming months as she has quickly become comfortable at the highest levels of the international game and is competing for a spot on the 2016 Olympic Team. She has started seven of the 11 matches she has played so far for head coach Jill Ellis’ squad, scoring twice and adding five assists, which is tied for the most on the team in 2016.

Despite her limited senior team experience, she is fast accumulating fans, who enjoy her dynamic style, her comfort on the ball, surgical distribution of passes and ability to break down teams on the dribble.

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WNT Apr 29, 2016
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