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September 26, 2017 12:01 UTC
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Strike Force

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Three Americans rang the bell overseas this weekend, starting with Lynden Gooch's consolation penalty strike for Sunderland against Cardiff from Saturday. On Sunday, Terrence Boyd hopped off the bench in the waning moments to spark a two-goal stoppage time rally in Darmstadt's 3-3 share with Dynamo Dresden.

Delayed Diskerud

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Meant to get this up yesterday, and it slipped my mind. Anyhoooo, Mix Diskerud notched his fourth of the season in midweek, temporarily leveling matters in IFK Göteborg's 2-1 defeat at Hammarby . - Greg Seltzer

KC's Cups Runneth Over

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In case you missed it, Sporting KC raised the US Open Cup for the fourth time (and third time in the last six years) with a prototypical 2-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday night. You can catch my player ratings for both teams over at MLSS shortly. For now, dig the scenes. - Greg Seltzer

Three Different, But Equally Elegant Touches

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That about tells the story of Christian Pulisic's third goal of the campaign, which acted as the late capper in Borussia Dortmund's 3-0 win at Hamburg. Short touch, aggressive space-attacking touch, finish off the post. Bing bang boom. - Greg Seltzer

On The Spot - Pt. 1

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The research on the USMNT penalty takers has taken longer than I anticipated, so I've decided to split this category into two posts. First, we'll focus on the keepers' skill at stopping spot kicks. And like before, we're confining the count to competitive matches and sticking with the big five - mainly because finding complete info on PK saves prior to the '80's is impossible as far as I can tell

The Big Five

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After enjoying the wild 3-3 draw between Atlanta and Orlando City in front of an MLS-record crowd, I grabbed a quick breath and then turned my attention toward the top USMNT 'keepers of all-time. In tallying up career total wins and clean sheets in competitive matches for our backstops throughout history, it became quite obvious that any sort of abacus count would come down to five guys.


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Please excuse my recent absence, as watching the last two USMNT performances was like a double-punch to the soul-gut. But I am rallying my fervor and will get back to some USMNT stats soon enough. For now, let's shout hoo-rah for Cameron Carter-Vickers, who scored the first half winner on his Sheffield United loan debut.

And the trivia answer is...

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Despite another brain-numbing performance, we'll celebrate Bobby Wood joining the "hero strike" club by finally outing the mystery USMNT player. Sooo, until Jordan Morris hit a pair of Gold Cup winners in the waning moments back in July, the only Nat to have scored two goals in the 75th minute or later to changed a major competitive result for the better was.

Your Line-Up v Honduras

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Looks like we're going back to the 4-2-3-1... at least I hope so. Back at it!

Your USMNT Line-Up v Costa Rica

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A few surprises (if not concerns) for me in this group: Ream over Besler, what looks to be either the underwhelming empty bucket or a risky 4-1-3-2, and most of all, Johnson starting when he's played just 10 minutes of competitive soccer since May. I hope none of this ends in regret. Go time in Harrison

Net Rewards

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As promised, we shift our sports stat obsession over the USMNT scene. Today, we're going to deal with goal scorers.THE GOAL HOUNDSThis count ranks the top US players of all-time by their strike ratio in competitive matches. Those who scored fewer than five career international goals in matches that mattered were left off the list.

UGH, not you again!!

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Today's stat dump involves the Americans who caused the most trouble to specific clubs across the pond. These counts cover all European top flights, plus the most prominent second divisions, and all corresponding domestic cups.Because not everyone can play in the same league for an entire overseas career like Steve Cherundolo or Tim Howard, I've leveled the playing field a bit by ranking by rates

Winning The Big One

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Watching all the MLS Rivalry Week games this past weekend got me to wondering: Which of the guys that played in Europe won the most derby matches?For this tally, I only counted top flight games and domestic cup clashes. Each club was limited to two arch rivals at most, which was based on the prioritization of animosity held by our guy's team toward the foes in question.

Arena calls 26 to WCQ camp

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In a few days, the USMNT boys will get back to the business of qualifying for their eighth straight World Cup. They can likely move to the brink of clinching their spot with a pair of wins against Costa Rica and at Honduras (where they finished the hex job in 2009, mind you). Here are the guys Bruce Arena has selected to grab those six points.

Wood lifts 10-man HSV

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Sorry I'm a bit tardy getting this up, but Baby Driver finally made it to Russia and we had to go see it. Anyhoo, don't look now, but Hamburg are topping the Bundesliga table and it was none other than Bobby Wood who fired the winner to put them there. This strike gives him two in three competitive matches on the young campaign.