CONACACAF Gold Cup: By the Numbers

Posted: June 7, 2011 in Uncategorized


By Evan Ream

In just a few hours USA kicks off their bid for a record-tying 5th Gold Cup title in 11 tries. If you guys are anything like me, you can’t wait for this game to happen, so while you wait here are some interesting stats about the USMNT in Gold Cup play (note: all the stats that were taken from other teams do NOT include this year’s tournament):


106 – USA scored their latest ever goal in the 106th minute when Kenny Cooper converted a penalty against Panama at this minute in the 2009 quarterfinals.


93 – USA has scored 93 goals in Gold Cup competition or 9.3 goals per tournament. This ranks second all time behind Mexico’s 101


46 – USA have had 46 different players score goals for them. This does not include Hector Marchena (Costa Rica) and Atiba Hutchinson (Canada) who scored own goals.


38 – USA have won 38 games (not counting penalty kick wins) in Gold Cup play, good for first all time. Interestingly enough, two of USA’s four Gold Cup titles (1991 and 2005) have been won on penalties following scoreless draws.


13 – The most goals USA have ever scored at a single Gold Cup was 13 in both 2003 and 2007. Mexico scored 28 goals in 1993 which included a 11-0 win over Martinique.


12 – Landon Donovan has scored 12 Gold Cup goals (1 in 2002, 4 in 2003, 3 in 2005, and 4 in 2007) making him USA’s all time leading Gold Cup scorer and tied for the competitions all time lead with Mexico’s Luis Roberto Alves. Eric Wynalda (9) and Brian McBride (8) round out the top 3. Interestingly, USA’s 2nd leading active scorer, Clint Dempsey, has managed just 2 goals in Gold Cup play.


8 – USA have netted 8 penalty kick goals in Gold Cup play. Landon Donovan has 4 of them, all scored in 2007 in consecutive games.


6 – The earliest goal USA has scored in Gold Cup play has come in the 6th minute. Josh Wolff scored against Jamaica in the 2005 quarterfinals and Davy Arnaud scored against Haiti in 2009 group play this early.


5 –  USA’s largest margin of victory and largest margin of defeat has both been 5 goals. USA beat Cuba 5-0 in the 2003 quarterfinals and lost to Mexico 5-0 in the 2009 final.


5 – The fewest amount of goals USA has scored in a single tournament has been 5 in 1993. Mexico’s fewest is 4 in 2002.


3 – USA have failed to win just 3 times in games that they scored in (1 loss, 1 draw, 1 penalty kick loss). This makes their record in games that they have scored 38-1-2.


2 – USA have scored just two hat tricks in Gold Cup play. Both have come in the quarterfinals. Brian McBride scored 3 goals in a span of just 12 minutes against El Salvador in 2002, while in 2003 Landon Donovan scored 4 goals against Cuba.


0 – USA have lost 0 Gold Cup games in the group stage. They have drawn only twice, 0-0 to Costa Rica in 2005 and 2-2 to Haiti in 2009.


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