USWNT 13, Guatemala 0: Records Will Fall (Updated with Video)

Post-match interviews below:

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The USWNT obviously didn’t get all the goals out of its system on Friday against the Dominican Republic. The team put thirteen past Guatemala last night in its second CONCACAF Olympic qualifying group stage match.

With respect to Kelley O’Hara’s hugely serviceable performance and Sydney Leroux’s charmed homecoming, this post will be devoted to two things: numbers and statistics. Might as well hold off printing the 2012 edition of the stats-stacked USWNT Media Guide given how many records have been broken in the past three days.

 

  • The number of players to score five goals in a single game has been increased to six: Chastain (1991), Akers (1991), Milbrett (2002), Wambach (2004), Rodriguez (2012), and Leroux (2012). No player has scored six in a single match.

 

  • Like Leroux and Rodriguez, Brandi Chastain helped herself to five goals after coming on as a second half substitute. And similar to Leroux, who last night collected five goals and a second USWNT cap, Chastain’s glut of goals came in just her third international appearance. And which match was it? The 12-0 win against Mexico on April 18, 1991, no less, which was the USWNT’s largest margin of victory up until Friday night.

 

  • Amy Rodriguez’s five goals and one assist against the Dominican Republic puts her level with Michelle Akers for most points in a single match (11).

 

  • The United States set a new shots record with 49 attempts against the Dominican Republic. The previous record stood at 42 in a 3-0 win against Mexico on March 27, 1999.

 

  • The USWNT has recorded double-digit score lines in ten total matches. Nine of those matches featured opponents from the CONCACAF region.

 

  • Sydney Leroux has become the first foreign-born player to score five goals for the USWNT.

 

  • With her brace on Sunday, Abby Wambach surpasses Birgit Prinz to become the third-highest goal-scorer in women’s soccer history. Sinclair is also within striking distance of Prinz’s total. The top five:

1.) Hamm 158

2.) Lilly 130

3.) Wambach 129

4.) Prinz 128

5.) Sinclair 125

 

  • Wambach and Sinclair have nearly identical games per goal ratios with 1.3 and 1.36 respectively. That’s a hugely impressive feat considering Birgit Prinz finished her career on a 1.6 ratio. Mia Hamm’s was slightly lower at 1.75 while Kristine Lilly’s stands at 2.7. Furthermore, Wambach and Sinclair have each reached their respective milestones before earning 200 caps (168 for Wambach; 170 for Sinclair). Not the case with the other three (214 for Prinz; 275 for Hamm; 352 for Lilly).

 

  • Many subjective adjectives can be used to describe this tournament thus far: weird, spectacular, amusing, unnecessary, sad. But one apt adjective is inarguable, and that’s lopsided. All eight group matches so far have ended in shutouts. That might change tonight with Canada and Costa Rica or tomorrow with the U.S. and Mexico, but when this is all said and done, CONCACAF might be tempted to tweak its Olympic qualification process. The 2008 tournament featured four seeded teams (the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Costa Rica) who received automatic byes to the group stage. Two other berths were won in qualifying to make two groups of three.

 

And if anyone’s interested, here’s the USWNT’s all-time leaders in appearances, goals, and assists. The tallies were updated following last night’s game. You’ll notice Wambach is now tied with Carla Overbeck in 11th place with 168 caps. If you notice any omissions, suspicious looking numbers, or errors, just holler. Go ahead, find your favorite player.

 

Appearances – minimum of 50

1.) Lilly (1987-2010) 352

2.) Hamm (1987-2004) 275

3.) Foudy (1988-2004) 272

4.) Rampone (1997-) 246

5.) Fawcett (1987-2004) 239

6.) Milbrett (1991-2005) 204

7.) Markgraf (1998-2010) 201

8.) Chastain (1988-2004) 192

9.) MacMillan (1993-2005) 176

10.) Scurry (1994-2008) 173

11.) Overbeck (1988-2000) 168; Wambach (2001-) 168

13.) Parlow (1996-2004) 158

14.) Boxx (2003-) 155

15.) Akers (1985-2000); O’Reilly (2002-) 153

17.) Whitehill (2000-2010) 134

18.) Venturini (1992-2000) 132

19.) Wagner (1998-2008) 131

20.) Tarpley (2003-) 125

21.) Lloyd (2005-) 121

22.) Fair (1996-2005); Mitts (1999-) 120

24.) Jennings-Gabarra (1987-1996) 117

25.) Roberts (1994-2004) 110

26.) Hucles (2002-2009) 109

27.) Solo (2000-) 105

28.) Chalupny (2001-2009) 92

29.) Cox (2005-) 78

30.) Rodriguez (2005-) 75

31.) Hamilton (1987-1995) 71

32.) Buehler (2008-) 68

33.) Kai (2006-2009) 67

34.) Bryan (1993-2003) 64

35.) Osborne (2004-2009) 61

36.) LePeilbet (2004-) 57

37.) Cromwell (1991-1998) 55

38.) Cheney (2007-) 53

39.) Higgins (1987-1991) 51

 

Goals – minimum of 15

1.) Hamm 158

2.) Lilly 130

3.) Wambach 129

4.) Akers 105

5.) Milbrett 100

6.) Parlow 75

7.) MacMillan 60

8.) Jennings-Gabarra 53

9.) Foudy 45

10.) Venturini 44

11.) Heinrichs 37

12.) O’Reilly 33

13.) Tarpley 32

14.) Chastain; Lloyd 30

16.) Fawcett 27

17.) Kai 24

18.) Rodriguez 23

19.) Boxx 22

20.) Wagner 21

21.) Welsh 20

22.) Cheney 18

23.) Fotopolous 16

(Morgan 11)

 

Assists – minimum of five

1.) Hamm 144

2.) Lilly 105

3.) Milbrett 61

4.) Foudy; Wambach 55

6.) MacMillan 50

7.) Jennings-Gabarra 47

8.) Wagner 42

9.) Akers 36

10.) Parlow 35

11.) O’Reilly 33

12.) Chastain 26

13.) Lloyd 23

14.) Fawcett 22

15.) Venturini 21

16.) Boxx 20

17.) Cheney 16

18.) Rodriguez; Tarpley 15

20.) Kai 13

21.) Higgins 12

22.) Heinrichs; Whalen 11

24.) Whitehill; Cox 10

25.) Fotopolous; Rampone; Rapinoe; Roberts 9

29.) Welsh; Markgraf 8

31.) L. Lindsey 7

32.) Bush; D. Keller 6

34.) Fair; Hucles; Overbeck; Morgan; Rafanelli 5

9 thoughts on “USWNT 13, Guatemala 0: Records Will Fall (Updated with Video)

    1. VaFan

      I think O’Hara truly has a chance to become one of the very best outside backs in the world, attacking at the same level with Bompastor and Reilly, but it will take some high-level game experience. It’s a shame she was not utilized in this way earlier, but don’t get me started… And, the thing is, the US has another player with this potential at this position in Megan Klingenberg, but — incredibly — she somehow can’t seem to make it into the squad.

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  1. Lindsey Silverblatt

    Think there’s a typo in the “total goals scored” list (looks like you listed Mia Hamm’s total appearances instead of her total goals)

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    1. random

      If it wasn’t amusing how Markgraf got her goal that would almost be mean, but considering how comic she finds it as well it makes your comment extremely funny.

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  2. John F

    I think that Debbie Keller should be on the list with 18 goals (tied with Cheney). 1 in 1995, 3 in 1997, 14 in 1998. There is a B. Keller with a goal in 1999, but that must be a different player.

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