Tuesday, July 13, 2010

All time US WC Goals and Caps

With his outstanding showing at this World Cup, Landon became the all-time US leader in WC goals and appearances, with 5 goals in 12 total caps.  While many have argued that he has piled up his incredible overall US goals and caps tallies only because he's opted to play domestically and is therefore available for so many international matches on home soil, there is no selling short his WC records.  Had he mentally showed up for the 2006 WC, he might have put these records out of reach by now.  Who knows what he might be able to add in 2014.  Here are all the US goal scorers and US leaders in matches played in WC history.

All-Time US World Cup Goal Scorers

5 - Landon Donovan (2002 Mexico, 2002 Poland, 2010 Slovenia, 2010 Algeria, 2010 Ghana PK)
4 - Bert Patenaude (1930 Belgium, 1930 Paraguay 3x)
3 - Brian McBride (1998 Iran, 2002 Portugal, 2002 Mexico)
2 - Clint Dempsey (2006 Ghana, 2010 England)
2 - Bart McGhee (1930 Belgium 2x)
1 - Michael Bradley (2010 Slovenia), Jim Brown (1930 Argentina), Paul Caligiuri (1990 Czechoslovakia), Aldo Donelli (1934 Italy), Joe Gaetjens (1950 England), Joe Maca (1950 Chile PK), Clint Mathis (2002 Korea), Bruce Murray (1990 Austria), John O'Brien (2002 Portugal), Gino Pariani (1950 Spain), Earnie Stewart (1994 Colombia), Frank Wallace (1950 Chile), Eric Wynalda (1994 Switzerland)

All-Time US Leaders in World Cup Matches Played

12 - Landon Donovan
11 - Cobi Jones, Earnie Stewart
10 - Brian McBride, Claudio Reyna
9 - Eddie Pope, Tab Ramos
8 - Marcelo Balboa, Eric Wynalda
7 - DaMarcus Beasley, Paul Caligiuri, Steve Cherundolo, Thomas Dooley, Frankie Hejduk, Tony Meola
6 - Carlos Bocanegra, Clint Dempsey, Brad Friedel, John Harkes, John O'Brien, Roy Wegerle

Other Notable Current US Players
5 - Onyewu
4 - Altidore, Bradley, DeMerit, Howard

Random Observations:

-Donovan and Dempsey have the opportunity to be the first Americans to score in 3 World Cups, should they make the team for Brazil 2014.  McBride last had that chance but sadly couldn't find the back of the net in '06.
-Donovan, Dempsey, Jozy, Gooch, Bradley and Howard have a good chance to climb the caps list starting in 2014.
-Should Howard start all 3 group games in 2014, he'll tie Meola for most US goalkeeper starts.
-Beasley, Bocanegra, Cherundolo and DeMerit probably won't be back.  They're too old or have declining skills (Beaz).
-Jozy (age 20) and Bradley (age 22) are the 2 guys young enough to have a decent shot at dethroning Landon from either of his WC records.
-Neither US Legend, Cobi Jones or Claudio Reyna scored a goal during their long WC career.
-Perhaps the most well known ex-US player, Alexi Lalas only had 4 WC caps.  Apparently 1998's sudden formation change to 3-6-1 sent him to the bench.
-Kasey Keller finished with 5 caps even though he was the starter in 2 WCs because Friedel started the final group game in 1998.

Caps Leaders starting lineup 
Donovan-----Reyna-------- Jones

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