USA by the Numbers: Semifinal Round of 2018 World Cup Qualifying
The U.S. Men’s National stood atop of its group in the semifinal round of World Cup Qualifying for the sixth-consecutive time following the 4-0 dismantling of Trinidad & Tobago on Tuesday, advancing the the final round, also knows as “The Hex”.
Here’s a look at some of the key facts and figures around the MNT’s successful journey through the Semifinal Round:
32 – The number of World Cup Qualifying appearances for Tim Howard, the most all-time among U.S. goalkeepers and fourth all-time in MNT history. Landon Donovan holds the overall record with 40.
30 – The number of players utilized during the MNT’s six semifinal round matches.
30 – The current number of home World Cup Qualifying matches the U.S. has gone unbeaten. The team is 28-0-2 in a streak that began with a 2-1 win against Jamaica on Oct. 7, 200, in Foxborough, Mass. On that day, the United States officially qualified for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
20 – The number of goals scored during the semifinal round, and the most since CONCACAF adopted the current World Cup Qualifying format for the 1998 cycle.
17 years, 349 days – Christian Pulisic’s age when he became the youngest player in MNT history to score in a World Cup Qualifier, tallying twice in the MNT’s 6-0 win at St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Four days later, he became the youngest player to start a qualifying match for the MNT in the 4-0 win vs. Trinidad & Tobago.
16 – The new all-time U.S. World Cup Qualifying goal scoring record, set by Jozy Altidore following the two he scored against Trinidad & Tobago on Tuesday.
15 – The number of World Cup Qualifying wins Jurgen Klinsmann has recorded as U.S. head coach. He sits second all-time behind Bruce Arena (20).
13 – Number of MNT players that received their World Cup Qualifying debuts: Kellyn Acosta, Paul Arriola, Steve Birnbaum, Ethan Finlay, Matt Miazga, Jordan Morris, Darlington Nagbe, Christian Pulisic, Tim Ream, Caleb Stanko, Bobby Wood, DeAndre Yedlin, Gyasi Zardes.
11 – Number of players that tallied goals.
10 – The number of players that provided assists. Fabian Johnson, Sacha Kljestan, Christian Pulisic and Gyasi Zardes each recorded two.
6 – Number of goals Jozy Altidore scored during the semifinal round, breaking the previous record of five held by Eddie Johnson (2004) and Clint Dempsey (2012).
4 – Number of clean sheets earned across six matches, two each for Brad Guzan and Tim Howard.
1 – Number of players who started all six matches. Geoff Cameron collected that honor, playing a total of 514 minutes.