Friday, September 22, 2017

Delayed Diskerud

Meant to get this up yesterday, and it slipped my mind. Anyhoooo, Mix Diskerud notched his fourth of the season in midweek, temporarily leveling matters in IFK Göteborg's 2-1 defeat at Hammarby .








- Greg Seltzer

Thursday, September 21, 2017

KC's Cups Runneth Over

In case you missed it, Sporting KC raised the US Open Cup for the fourth time (and third time in the last six years) with a prototypical 2-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday night. You can catch my player ratings for both teams over at MLSS shortly. For now, dig the scenes.






- Greg Seltzer

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Three Different, But Equally Elegant Touches

That about tells the story of Christian Pulisic's third goal of the campaign, which acted as the late capper in Borussia Dortmund's 3-0 win at Hamburg. Short touch, aggressive space-attacking touch, finish off the post. Bing bang boom.






- Greg Seltzer

Monday, September 18, 2017

On The Spot - Pt. 1

The research on the USMNT penalty takers has taken longer than I anticipated, so I've decided to split this category into two posts. First, we'll focus on the keepers' skill at stopping spot kicks. And like before, we're confining the count to competitive matches and sticking with the big five - mainly because finding complete info on PK saves prior to the '80's is impossible as far as I can tell. But it may even be a moot search, because so few other netminders have enjoyed more than a handful of caps.

Sparked by his famous pair of penalty stops at World Cup 2002, Brad Friedel unsurprisingly leads this chart. 

PK SAVE PERCENTAGE57.1% Friedel (4-7)
44.4% Keller (4-9)
37.5% Meola (3-8)
33.3% Howard (1-3)
28.6% Guzan (2-7)




- Greg Seltzer

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Big Five

After enjoying the wild 3-3 draw between Atlanta and Orlando City in front of an MLS-record crowd, I grabbed a quick breath and then turned my attention toward the top USMNT 'keepers of all-time. In tallying up career total wins and clean sheets in competitive matches for our backstops throughout history, it became quite obvious that any sort of abacus count would come down to five guys.

In fact, that would be the five guys that have started an overwhelming majority of our big tilts since the '80's. No other US netminder could even knock on the door of double digits in either of these categories.

COMPETITIVE WINS
Keller 42
Howard 39*
Friedel 18
Guzan 16*
Meola 16


COMPETITIVE SHUTOUTS
Keller 36
Howard 29*
Friedel 14
Meola 14
Guzan 12*


* = active

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Tomorrow, we'll get into USMNT penalty stats, for both the takers and the 'keepers.



- Greg Seltzer

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

CCV, PDQ

Please excuse my recent absence, as watching the last two USMNT performances was like a double-punch to the soul-gut. But I am rallying my fervor and will get back to some USMNT stats soon enough. For now, let's shout hoo-rah for Cameron Carter-Vickers, who scored the first half winner on his Sheffield United loan debut.

I was hoping a better clip would surface overnight, but no luck. So here ya go...






- Greg Seltzer