World Cup Glance: USA
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Edidie Johnson (left) and Clint Dempsey (right) combined to score 12 of the USA's 26 goals in World Cup Qualifying for Brazil 2014. (Photo: Mexsport)

 

The United States will be making a seventh straight World Cup finals appearance at Brazil 2014.  It was drawn into Group G and will face three opponents it has met in previous World Cups.

Intriguingly, the Americans will complete group phase against Germany…a team for which head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has played and managed.

CONCACAF.com takes a look at the current Gold Cup champion USA.

USA

All-Time World Cup Record (9 previous appearances…1930, 1934, 1950, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010)

GP – 29, W – 7, D – 5, L – 17, GF – 32, GA – 59

 

2014 CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Record (1st place)

GP – 16, W – 11, D – 2, L – 3, GF – 26, GA – 14

 

Leading Scorer

Clint Dempsey – 8 goals in 14 games

Group G Schedule (all times ET)

CONCACAF – 2014 World Cup Schedule (all times ET)

June 16 – v Ghana, 6:00 p.m., Natal

 

June 22 – v Portugal, 3:00 p.m., Manaus

June 26 – v Germany, 12:00 p.m., Recife

 All-Time Records v World Cup Opponents

v Ghana

GP – 2, W – 0, D – 0, L – 2, GF – 2, GA – 4

First meeting

June 22, 2006:  2-1 loss at Nuremberg, Germany

 

Last meeting

June 26, 2010:  2-1 loss (aet) at Rustenberg, South Africa

v Portugal

GP – 5, W – 2, D – 1, L – 2, GF – 5, GA – 5

First meeting

September 20, 1978:  1-0 loss at Setubal, Portugal

Last meeting

June 5, 2002:  3-2 win at Suwon, Korea Republic

v Germany

GP – 5, W – 2, D – 1, L – 2, GF – 5, GA – 5

First meeting

June 13, 1993:  4-3 loss at Chicago, Illinois, USA

Last meeting

June 2, 2013:  4-3 win at Washington, DC, USA

USA – Fast Facts

  • Last six World Cup games have been decided by 1 goal or less.

 

  • Last two World Cup games have been played against African opposition (June 23, 2010: 1-0 win v Algeria; June 26, 2010: 2-1 loss aet v Ghana).

 

  • 2 wins, 2 draw, 5 losses in 9 all-time World Cup openers…all against European opposition (1930: 3-0 win v Belgium; 1934: 7-1 loss v Italy; 1950: 3-1 loss v Spain; 1990: 5-1 loss v Czechoslovakia; 1994: 1-1 draw v Switzerland; 1998: 2-0 loss v Germany; 2002: 3-2 win v Portugal; 2006: 3-0 loss v Czech Republic; 2010: 1-1 draw v England).

 

  • 2014 World Cup opener v Ghana will be USA’s first against a non-European opponent.

 

  • USA has met all three Group G opponents in previous World Cups…Ghana (2006: 2-1 loss, 2010: 2-1 loss aet); Germany (1998: 2-0 loss, 2002: 1-0 loss); Portugal (2002: 3-2 win).

 

  • Ghana has eliminated the USA from last two World Cups.