Check some U.S. men's national team facts as it approaches its Gold Cup opener against Canada Tuesday night in Detroit.
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DETROIT - Take a look at some U.S. national team Gold Cup facts and stats before the Americans take on Canada Tuesday night in Detroit.
FACTS AND STATS:
- Alejandro Bedoya has replaced Benny Feilhaber on the USA’s Gold Cup roster. Feilhaber, who scored the game-winner for the U.S. in the 2007 Gold Cup final, was injured during a May 28 league match against Los Angeles.
- Landon Donovan, who missed Saturday's Spain game due to illness, trained Sunday afternoon at Ford Field and is expected to be ready for Tuesday’s match.
- The U.S. has never lost a match in the group stage of the Gold Cup, winning 23 and tying twice in 25 matches.
- The U.S. has won all 10 of its Gold Cup openers, outscoring opponents 25-5 and posting six shutouts.
- Canada last faced the U.S. in the semifinals of the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, a 2-1 win for the U.S. on goals by Frankie Hejduk and Donovan. Six U.S. starters and two unused subs carry over from that game to the 2011 roster.
- The U.S. has a 12-8-9 record against Canada in a series that dates to 1925.
- Including a tie in the 2002 semifinals that saw the U.S. advance on penalty kicks, the U.S. holds a 2-0-1 record against Canada in the Gold Cup.
- In all competitions, the U.S. has not lost a match to their northern neighbors since 1985, a 13-match unbeaten run that includes a 7-0-6 record and shutouts in six of the last seven.
- The U.S. is seeking its fifth Gold Cup title, with prior championships coming in 1991, 2002, 2005 and 2007.
Juan Agudelo shined for the U.S. against Argentina earlier this year
- Landon Donovan leads all U.S. scorers with 45 career goals. Clint Dempsey is next with 19, followed by defender Carlos Bocanegra who has 12.
- Seventeen players on the roster are plying their trade overseas in 10 different countries.
- Six players have five caps or fewer entering the Gold Cup.
- Dempsey finished a fantastic season at Fulham where he set both the single-season record for an American scoring in the English Premier League (12 goals) and set the club mark for career goals in the EPL (33).
- Steve Cherundolo captained Hannover to a fourth-place finish in the Bundesliga and a place in the playoff round of the Europa League
- Three other U.S. players are assured a crack at European competition next year. Maurice Edu (Rangers) enters the playoff round of Champions League qualifying. Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht) enters the playoff round of Europa League qualifying, while Dempsey (Fulham) begins the first round of Europa League qualifying.
- The New York Red Bulls are the only team to contribute two players in Juan Agudelo and Tim Ream. Both youngsters earned their full team debut in the 1-0 win against South Africa on Nov. 17, 2010, in the Nelson Mandela Challenge.
- Agudelo became the first alumnus of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy to play for the full team on Nov. 17, 2010, and with an appearance in the Gold Cup will be the first Academy alumnus to represent the U.S. in an official competition.
- Chris Wondolowski, the 2010 MLS Golden Boot winner, scored six goals in 11 matches to start the MLS campaign. That’s two behind league leader Landon Donovan.
- Freddy Adu has been included in the team for the first time since the 2009 Gold Cup.
- Third goalkeeper Nick Rimando will remain with Real Salt Lake unless called upon.