WC2010 review: USA

Team USA showed plenty of spirit and character throughout the 2010 World Cup.
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Team USA showed plenty of spirit and character throughout the 2010 World Cup.

Bob Bradley’s men found themselves behind three times in their four games but managed to claw their way back into the contest when a lesser team would have capitulated.

America is a seemingly fledgling football nation – they still call it soccer – but their performance in South Africa indicates that they genuinely believe they can be much more.

Landon Donovan is a bonafide star of the game, Clint Dempsey is relentless and tireless and they have the right mix of youth and experience to continue to improve on the world stage.

Finished: 12th
Record: Wins – 1; Draws – 2; Losses – 1; Points – 5
Matches: England (1-1), Slovenia (2-2), Algeria (1-0), RO16-Ghana (2-1et)
Goals: 5
Against: 5

tribalfootball.com’s Star Man
Landon Donovan (Justified his status as the USA’s best player with three of five goals and was consistently brilliant)

Official statistics

Minutes played
Landon Donovan 390
Clint Dempsey 390
Michael Bradley 390
Tim Howard 390
Steve Cherundolo 390
Carlos Bocanegra 390
Jay DeMerit 390

Top scorers
Landon Donovan 3
Michael Bradley 1
Clint Dempsey 1

Total shots
Clint Dempsey 20
Landon Donovan 9
Michael Bradley 8
Jozy Altidore 8

Pass Completion Rate
Jay DeMerit 77%
Maurice Edu 73%
Michael Bradley 71%
Carlos Bocanegra 71%

Most Fouls
Jozy Altidore 11
Jay DeMerit 8

Yellow cards
Robbie Findley 2
Steve Cherundolo 2
Ricardo Clark 1
DaMarcus Beasley 1
Carlos Bocanegra 1
Jay DeMerit 1
Jozy Altidore 1

Red cards
none

Saves
Tim Howard 16