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Friday, October 7, 2011
Shea, Torres excelling under Klinsmann


As the U.S. men's national team gets set to play its fourth match under new coach Jurgen Klinsmann, let's take a look back at five stats from the first three matches to see which USMNT players are playing well under the new manager.

•  Most passes completed -- Carlos Bocanegra (133): While Bocanegra has taken to Klinsmann's style well, it is still not a good sign to see a defender leading the team in completed passes. Midfielder Jose Torres is second, though he is likely out for the next four USMNT matches with an injury.

•  Most chances created -- Brek Shea (4): Some would argue Shea has been the best American player under Klinsmann. Shea has created more chances for his teammates than any other player and has had at least one chance created in all three matches.

•  Most successful crosses -- Landon Donovan (5): After having some success with crosses against Mexico (completion percentage of 36 percent), the USMNT has struggled in its last two matches, completing 10 crosses in 58 attempts (17 percent). Donovan has been the best of bunch, completing five of his 13 attempted crosses.

•  Most shots -- Donovan, Shea, Torres (4): These three have been the most likely to shoot of all U.S. players under Klinsmann, though none has been exceptional. The average shot distance for all three players is over 30 yards.

•  Most shots on target -- Dempsey, Torres (3): Dempsey has done well to get three shots on target in limited action under Klinsmann. However, his average shot distance is also just over 30 yards from goal. For reference, Dempsey's average shot distance for Fulham in EPL matches this season is 22 yards.