Thursday, September 11, 2008

Nine from Three

U.S. vs. T&T post-match checklist:

  • Three wins, nine points, first place in group
  • Shutout streak reaches 551 minutes
  • Six straight matches without giving up a goal - team record
  • Five straight victories in one World Cup qualifying cycle - ties a team record set
  • 9-0-2 lifetime against T&T in qualifying
  • Clint Dempsey has scored four goals in the four World Cup qualifiers he has played in during 2008

There's plenty for you to follow up on from last night's 3-0 victory, from the official game story to a great photo gallery to video highlights and post-match reaction from the team.

That's it from what has been an extraordinarily memorable 10 days with the U.S. national team. The U.S. can secure their place in the final round of qualifying with a win against Cuba on Oct. 11 at RFK Stadium (tickets), or complete the deal when they travel to Trinidad & Tobago. Both of those matches will be shown live on the ESPN Networks and Galavision, or you can always follow along on's MatchTracker.

Thanks for following along. We'll see you in D.C.


anna4italia said...

Great win guys. :) Now, what to do 'til October...

idiot savant said...

it should have been 10-0, T&T did not play well at all and we failed, multiple times, to take advantage of it. Not that I'm a fan of high goal differentials like that, but the fact that we failed so many times to score when we should have is not very comforting.

andrew said...

Does anybody know whether we can get NEVEN SUBOTIC to play? He is setting the Bundesliga on fire. He is currently, early in the season I know, one of the leader scores as a defender. An American finisher imagine that.

MarkT said...

Regarding your Prozone "Main Events", I have several questions. Is a "ball received" an attempted trap or a successful trap? Is a "cross" an attempted pass or a completed pass? Is a "cross" a pass from the final third outside the penalty area into the penalty area, or something else? Is a "final third entry" an attempted entry or a successful entry? Is a "final third entry" a trap in the final third, a pass into the final third, or just the number of times a player physically positions himself in the final third? Similarly, is a "penalty area entry" a trap in the penalty area, a pass into the penalty area, or just the number of times a player physically positions himself in the opponent's penalty area? What criteria distinguishes the many times when a player takes consecutive touches of the ball from the infrequent event which you record as a "dribble"? Is a "tackle" an attempted tackle or a successful tackle? Is an interception an attempted touch on an opponent's pass or a successful touch on an opponent's pass, or something else?
Thank you for your time and consideration.