The United States men’s national soccer team will be looking for 11 wins in a row against Panama in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup final. Here’s a look at some of the key statistics headed into the match.
The United States leads the tournament in goals scored by eight, having found the back of the net on 19 occasions; Panama is the second-closest with 11 Gold Cup goals so far.
Jurgen Klinsmann’s men have also fired the most shots (91), putting over half (53) on target of any team in the Gold Cup.
There have been nine players for the U.S. who have tallied goals so far in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the most of any team so far in the tournament.
Major League Soccer legends Landon Donovan and Chris Wondolowski are tied for the individual lead with five each. Zamora FC player Gabriel Torres of Panama has matched the two Americans with five goals himself.
Seattle Sounder Eddie Johnson and Club Tijuana midfielder Joe Corona have each tallied twice for the Yanks, as well.
Panama have been able to uncork 58 total shots and put 23 on target through Group Play and the knockout stages of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
The bulk of the scoring for Panama has come from two players, Torres (5) and FC Dallas striker Blas Perez (3).
Three other players have found the back of the net so far for La Marea Roja.
Donovan has removed himself significantly away from the pack in regards to assists, more than tripling the next closest player in this category with seven.
U.S. midfielders Kyle Beckerman and Alejandro Bedoya have helped the Americans' cause with two assists each; they are tied with Chorrillo F.C.’s Alberto Quintero of Panama for second most assists in the Gold Cup behind Donovan.
Corners and Crosses
Wide play has been aplenty for the Yanks, and they have served the most crosses in the tournament by a wide margin. The United States' 123 crosses are 60 more than the next-closest crossing team, fellow finalist Panama.
The Mexican side, who lost to Panama in the semi-final, have won the most corners. The U.S. and Panama are second and third with 28 and 21 corners won respectively.
Fouls and Cards
The Panamanian’s have suffered the most fouls so far in the 2013 Gold Cup, having been hacked down 88 times. They have also been booked on three occasions; in each case the card was yellow.
The Americans have skated through the tournament more unscathed, suffering the fifth-most fouls in the Gold Cup (58), exactly 30 less than their opponents in this final. The U.S. has been booked once more than Panama, receiving four yellow cards.
With Jurgen Klinsmann suspended for the match, it will be intriguing to see how the U.S. players respond.
Who do you think will compile the most interesting stats in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final?