Friday, December 14, 2012

The Hit Charts

In this week's Postcard, I dropped a little number saying that Jozy Altidore led all Americans abroad with 23 goals across all competition during this calendar year. Being such a polite bastard, I felt it only proper to offer up the top ex-pat producers in both goals and assists.

The trailing number in parentheses denotes the number of club games left to play over the final 17 days of 2012.


Goals
23 - Jozy Altidore (3)
17 - Clint Dempsey (4)
16 - Herculez Gomez (0)
13 - Terrence Boyd (1)

Assists

10 - Sacha Kljestan (3)
 9 - Michael Parkhurst (0)
 8 - Jozy Altidore (3)
     Clint Dempsey (4)
     Josh Gatt (0)






- Greg Seltzer




14 comments:

Tony M said...

Jozy's assist total is yet another bit of evidence that the popular image of him is wrong. You don't have that many assists if you are not intelligent, hard working and unselfish

dikranovich said...

tony m, one year wilt chamberlain, led the NBA in assist, he had already won scoring titles and maybe he thought by winning the assist title, it would get his teamates more involved.

bill russell won championships.

Tony M said...

And so...? Jozy is not a more well rounded player than he is given credit for because Bill Russell won championships?

Greg Seltzer said...

Yeah, I think he just set the record for most goalposts moves in one comment.

dikranovich said...

as an american fan, you have to have a little doubt about the well roundedness of jozys game. it is only a logical imperative.

Greg Seltzer said...

What on Earth are you babbling about now? Name one other striker from U.S. soccer history with as many tools.

Tony M said...

Your reply is a complete non sequitur, in any culture.

dikranovich said...

time out!!! tony, you made a comment that challenged general wisdom, which is that jozy is a little lazy,and selfish. then you applied his assist total to a counter argument, which is that he is not lazy or selfish.

8 whole assist, thats a great number, but what if he missed on fifty other chances? jozy has huge skills, and nobody can deny it. is he using those skills to the best of his ability when he plays for the USA? i do not see how anyone could say he is. well, greg will say the USA needs to catch up to jozys game, thats what greg will say.

Greg Seltzer said...

Jozy is at his best when he is allowed to face the top of the area and work quick combos, two things he doesn't get to do much in a US shirt - partially by openly stated policy.

dikranovich said...

that might be true greg, and we are talking about being well rounded. it just does not make all the sense.

jozy has to be able to adapt and do what his coaches ask of him. jozy has to be able to grow and become a more complete player, and jozy has to learn to be more selfless as a player. its in the body language, that he is not.

from the looks of things, jozy appears to be adding to his toolbox, and when that translates onto the pitch of a us mens game(s), we will all be pleased. pleased beyond belief. and nobody should be acting as if american fans have not had the utmost belief in altidore, probably to his detriment. the saga continues in feb.

Greg Seltzer said...

Putting 100% of the fault on a lone striker when he and/or the team does not score is just wrong. Putting 100% of the fault on a lone striker when he only gets one winger a game is ludicrous. I can't be more clear.

The coach has to make the pieces he has fit. That's his job. If he does not utilize a player for maximum benefit, don't look at the player when he underperforms. It's only to be expected.

dikranovich said...

your right greg, coach klinsmann fixed the problem and sat jozy, and won without him. that was the message. jozy cant be replicated, but he can be replaced. usa soccer is at its best, its absolute best, when it is about the team, not the player.

Greg Seltzer said...

If you think US Soccer is at its best when beating Antigua & Barbuda without Altidore and Donovan, and with Bocanegra at left back, then we just plain disagree on what that best is.

dikranovich said...

greg, greg, greg, you know im for fabian johnson at left back.