Within the span of four days, the US played Guatemala twice. The outcome was a brutal 2-0 loss followed by a comprehensive 4-0 victory. However, a blind look at the post-game stats wouldn’t necessarily lead to that conclusion. The US had 5 shots on target in both games, produced similar expected goal totals in the first game and second game, and passing accuracy in the opposing half was nearly identical.
Enter the higher defensive pressure. Continue reading “Benefits of the US’ Higher Defensive Pressure”