Allen’s Blog – Connecting Coaches to the Best Practices: Inside the numbers – USA vs. Portugal 0
Some interesting statistics from the U.S./Portugal draw on Sunday night:
• Fabian Johnson was as good as any right back thus far at the 2014 World Cup finals. 70% of his touches (51) were in the Portugal half.
• Midfielder Kyle Beckerman was 4th overall in touches (76) in the match. KB5 was the only player to receive and complete a pass from each position.
• The USMNT and Portugal each finished the match with 39 passing sequences of 5+ passes. The U.S., who only had 5 sequences of 7 or more completed passes against Ghana, finished the match with 21 against the Europeans.
• In its second group game, the U.S. was much more active in front of goal, finishing with 15 shots compared to only 8 vs. Ghana.
• Portugal had 55% of their total touches in U.S. half, compared to 41% for the USMNT.
• If you like wide attacking play, then you liked the US-Portugal match. The two teams combined for 31 shots developed from wide play, with the U.S. finishing with 16 from the wide channels.
• Michael Bradley is in the top 30 in distance covered at the 2014 World Cup Finals, with 24.9KM (15 miles). However, Bradley has only played two matches, the fewest in the top 30. He is on pace to be second after the group stage. Chile’s Marcelo Diaz leads all players with 36.7KM covered (22 miles) in three games played.
• Goals per game in the 2014 World Cup is on pace to break the tepid pace in South Africa 2010. So far the average is 2.9 goals per game in Brazil, compared to 2.3 four years ago.
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