Allen’s Blog – Connecting Coaches to the Best: The Final Count 0

Allen’s Blog – Connecting Coaches to the Best: The Final Count

• Tim Howard’s 16 saves on 39 Belgium shots is clearly the statistical takeaway from the MNT 2-1 loss. Howard also added three punches to his efforts to go with 11 passes received. Every young goalkeeper should have this highlight reel as a go to.

• The Belgians earned 19 corner kicks during the round of 16-match. The U.S. had allowed a combined 14 during their three group games.

• Belgium created the most chances for a single-game so far in the 2014 World Cup. Belgium had 36 attempts on-and-16-off target for a combined 52 in the win. The tournament average through 56 matches is 27.

• The U.S. scored 5 goals, (four after the 60th minute) in Brazil for an average of one goal every 78 minutes (tournament average is 67) and one every 8 attempts (tournament average is nearly 10).

• When Romelu Lukaku scored the eventual game-winning goal, it was the 28th goal scored by a substitute during the 2014 World Cup Finals, a new tournament record.

• For the first time in 4 games, a U.S. player led the game in total touches. Geoff Cameron led with 107, one more than Michael Bradley. Omar Gonzalez was third with 94. In fact, 8 (all four defenders; Yedlin for Johnson, Besler and Beasley) of the top 12 players were Americans.

• The U.S. had more, longer passing sequences than Belgium. The U.S. had double (27) the Belgians (13) in passing sequences of 7 or more completed passes.

• Only 6 players recorded shots for the U.S. with Clint Dempsey and Jermaine Jones the only ones with more than one. That’s compared to 12 for the Belgians.

• Speaking of shots, Jermaine Jones created 9 shots to lead the U.S., including the deft flick that found an unmarked Chris Wondolowski in the 93rd minute. Jones was 9th for the match with the Belgians occupying the top 8 on the list. Kevin de Bruyne created 20 to lead all players with Eden Hazard second with 19.

• The U.S. had a total distance covered of 496.8 kilometers, approximately 310 miles. Or roughly just under the distance between Los Angeles and San Francisco.