Friday’s 6-1 win against St. Vincent & The Grenadines produced a number of milestones for members of the U.S. Men’s National Team, and set the table for others to be hit heading into Game 2 of Semifinal Round World Cup Qualifying on Tuesday against Trinidad & Tobago.
Jurgen Moves Up Wins Chart
The win to start the campaign on the #RoadtoRussia moved MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann into a tie with Bob Bradley for second most wins among U.S. head coaches (43). Bruce Arena leads the pack with 71 victories as coach from 1998-2006.
Interestingly, with 78 matches coached since taking the reins in 2011, Klinsmann arrived at 43 victories quicker than Arena (80 games) and Bradley (79 games).
10 Wins in a Calendar Year
The victory against St. Vincent also pushed the MNT’s record to 10-6-3 in 2015, marking the ninth time the U.S. has earned double digit victories in a calendar year. It’s the second time the MNT has done it under Klinsmann, following 2013’s record breaking year of 16 wins.
Jozy Moving On Up
Jozy Altidore’s brace in the match moved him up three different goal scoring charts for the U.S. Men’s National Team. The 26-year-old forward moved past U.S. legend Brian McBride into sole possession of fourth on the MNT’s all-time goal scoring list with 31. He now sits behind only Landon Donovan (57), Clint Dempsey (48) and Eric Wynalda (34).
Altidore’s two qualifying goals also moved him into a tie with Eddie Johnson for second-most goals in World Cup Qualifying with 12 total. Altidore now sits just one behind Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey for the all-time lead.
Finally, Altidore’s two-goal output pushed him into a tie for second with Dempsey and Joe-Max Moore with five career multi-goal games. The trio trail Donovan, who achieved that feat in nine matches.
Seven Players Make World Cup Qualifying Debuts
Matt Miazga, Jordan Morris, Darlington Nagbe, Tim Ream, Bobby Wood, DeAndre Yedlin and Gyasi Zardes all made their first appearances in World Cup Qualifying Friday against St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The last time the MNT had seven players make their debut in the same World Cup Qualifier came in the team’s 1-0 defeat of Barbados on June 22, 2008.
Zardes on the Cusp of Freshman Milestone
With 18 caps, Gyasi Zardes and DeAndre Yedlin jointly lead the MNT in appearances in 2015. While Yedlin had played for the MNT in 2014, Zardes made his debut for the National Team in January’s friendly against Chile.
On the cusp of the last game of 2015, should Zardes appear against Trinidad & Tobago he would tie Claudio Reyna’s record of most appearances made by a debutant player in a calendar year. Reyna achieved the mark as a 21-year-old with the MNT in 1994.