By the Numbers: USA at the Copa Centenario

Despite the 1-0 loss to Colombia in the third-place game at the Copa Centenario, the USA finished with a 3-3-0 (W-L-T) record -- its best record in four trips to the Copa America.

USA at Copa America:
YEAR W-L-T
1993: 0-2-1
1995: 2-3-1
2007: 0-3-0
2016: 3-3-0

By beating Ecuador and Costa Rica, the USA recorded wins in official championships over the two highest-ranked teams in the monthly FIFA rankings during the Jurgen Klinsmann era. Before the tournament, it had beaten only two teams that were ranked in the top 50 in official championships.

USA Wins, Official Championships:
13 Ecuador (2-1, 2016 Copa Centenario)
23 Costa Rica (4-0, 2016 Copa Centenario)
37 Ghana (2-1, 2014 World Cup)
39 Costa Rica (1-0, 2013 Gold Cup)
45 Paraguay (1-0, 2016 Copa Centenario)
51 Panama (1-0, 2013 Gold Cup)
55 Honduras (3-1, 2013 Gold Cup)
79 Haiti (1-0, 2015 Gold Cup)
82 Cuba (4-1, 2013 Gold Cup)
86 Honduras (2-1, 2015 Gold Cup)
94 El Salvador (5-1, 2013 Gold Cup)
104 Cuba (6-0, 2015 Gold Cup)
130 Belize (6-1, 2013 Gold Cup)

The USA has now played six teams ranked in the top 20 in the FIFA rankings in official championships during the Klinsmann era. The 2-2 tie with Portugal at the 2014 World Cup is the only game it did not lose.

USA vs. Top 20, Official Championships:
1 Argentina (0-4, 2016 Copa Centenario)
2 Germany (0-1, 2014 World Cup)
3 Colombia (0-1, 2016 Copa Centenario)
3 Colombia (0-2, 2016 Copa Centenario)
4 Portugal (2-2, 2014 World Cup)
11 Belgium (1-2, 2014 World Cup)

The USA did not record a shot in the 4-0 loss to Argentina in the semifinals. The zero shots are the fewest of the Klinsmann era in official championships -- and fewest in recorded history of the national team.

Fewest Shots Per Game, Official Championships:
0 Argentina (2016 Copa Centenario)
4 Germany (2014 World Cup)
5 Honduras (2015 Gold Cup)
5 Paraguay (2016 Copa Centenario)
6 Haiti (2015 Gold Cup)
6 Panama (2015 Gold Cup)
7 Costa Rica (2013 Gold Cup)
7 Ecuador (2016 Copa Centenario)
8 *Panama (2015 Gold Cup)
8 Ghana (2014 World Cup)
*Overtime.

After outshooting Colombia and Costa Rica in its first two games, USA was outshot, 44-22, in its last four games at the Copa Centenario. The 7.2 shots per game are the fewest of the Klinsmann era in official championships.

Shots Per Game, Official Championships:
7.2 2016 Copa Centenario
10.5 2014 World Cup
11.7 2015 Gold Cup
15.3 2013 Gold Cup
5 comments about "By the Numbers: USA at the Copa Centenario".
  1. Richard Brown, June 27, 2016 at 8:07 a.m.

    Colombia was more skillful then the US. Older teams work on skills less they work on tactics more when they get older. You always have to work on skills because they go bad fast like milk. There is no tactics without the skills to do them.

    I don't believe Klinnesman works on anything. He does not seem to make coaching points to help player weakness. He may see the big picture but he misses the small things to get you to the big picture.

    I have the felling he will be kept after this loose. He should be let go.

  2. Rusty Welch, June 27, 2016 at 11:08 a.m.

    The Argentina game was a disaster (notwithstanding terrible lineup decisions and lethargic play), but the team re-grouped and played very well against Colombia on Saturday. The difference in the first game against Colombia and Saturday's game was much more than the 1-goal difference in outcomes. Saturday the boys made Colombia work much harder for their win, were dangerous in the opponents half, and created quite a few chances. Great effort against the 3rd-ranked team in the world, we weren't far from pulling it off!

  3. Ginger Peeler, June 27, 2016 at 1:53 p.m.

    Amen, Rusty! I'd also like to see a stat on how our goals were scored...from the field or from set pieces in our wins. This tournament is the first in a long time, that I remember, where we weren't dependent on set pieces. Like a breath of fresh air!

  4. R2 Dad, June 27, 2016 at 5:41 p.m.

    Agreed Rusty and Ginger--quality of play counts for me, too. PG's Fewest Shots table is embarrassing with that zero at the top against Argentina, but our guys learn a lot more losing to Germany and Argentina than beating Honduras/Guatemala/Haiti/Panama and these other minnows. I find it curious that Silicon Valley celebrates failure as a means to growth, but that mentality has not spread to the sports world (even though it's not an apples to apples comparison).

  5. Bob Ashpole replied, June 27, 2016 at 6:55 p.m.

    I am not worried about the players learning; I worry that the coach is not learning.

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