Tuesday, September 5, 2017

And the trivia answer is...

Despite another brain-numbing performance, we'll celebrate Bobby Wood joining the "hero strike" club by finally outing the mystery USMNT player. Sooo, until Jordan Morris hit a pair of Gold Cup winners in the waning moments back in July, the only Nat to have scored two goals in the 75th minute or later to changed a major competitive result for the better was... drumroll, please... Graham Zusi.

He actually pulled the feat in consecutive games, but one was an equalizer, so J-Mo stands as the only guy with two late goals that magically turned a draw into a victory. Counting every World Cup and its qualifiers, Gold Cups, Confederations Cups and Copa Américas, Wood makes it 27 players in USMNT history with one hero strike to their credit. The others are:

Marcelo Balboa, DaMarcus Beasley, Jonathan Bornstein, Michael Bradley, John Anthony Brooks, Brian Ching, Kenny Cooper, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Brad Evans, Frankie Hejduk, Stuart Holden, Aron Jóhannsson, Eddie Johnson, Cobi Jones, Cle Kooiman, Clint Mathis, Joe-Max Moore, Bruce Murray, John O'Brien, Oguchi Onyewu, Mark Peterson, Preki, Tab Ramos, Brek Shea and Al Zerhusen.







- Greg Seltzer

14 comments:

dikranovich said...

Sorry, but DMB has achieved this feat also

Greg Seltzer said...

Yeah, which is why he is listed.

dikranovich said...

I mean, he has done it twice.

Greg Seltzer said...

Nope. Just double checked.

dikranovich said...

June 20th 2004. WCQ Grenada 2 USA 3. Guess who scored the third USA goal in the 76 th minute of that game?

Greg Seltzer said...

No shit. And his goal made the score 3-1, with Grenada adding a consolation after it.

dikranovich said...

Huckleberry, you made up the rules. ALL goals in the final 15 minutes that changed the outcome of a game to the positive. Obviously 3-2 is better than 2-2!

Greg Seltzer said...

... which is not the change his goal made. Making a 2-1 lead into a 3-1 lead does not change the result. Let's not be obtuse for the sake of annoyance. Anymore, that is.

dikranovich said...

A result is not a result until the game is over, and you know this. Same little shit head as always! All anyone has to do, is ask you who scored the game winning goal, and you can go cry to mommy.

Patrick said...

I think it is ESPN that is running with the stat that the USMNT is something like 1-35-5 when trailing at halftime in competitive matches (or maybe just WCQs). Greg, can you double check that? That seems incredible. Especially, since the talk about the team is that they, "fight, never say die".

J.D. Springer said...

Once again, dickranovich being, well ... a dick.

Don't like the website, don't come here or create your own. Oh, wait, that would require work on your part.

tzvi said...

@patrick
the 2006 world cup and everything after it, i'm seeing 2 wins 9 draws and 12 losses in competitive matches trailed at halftime. maybe the numbers for WCQs are far worse tho

Greg Seltzer said...

@ Patrick: lemme check.


Piss off, dikranovich. For good this time. No one else here has any trouble digesting the painfully simple concept. Life is far too short to waste on the likes of your willfully ignorant brand of assholery.

UnitedDemon said...

Actually not surprised by that stat.

The never say die attitude was a big part of the US just really being woefully amateur and entirely college kid based for a long, long time.

One day, we'll even that record out, I think. Maybe in a thousand or so years.