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U.S. soccer enjoying 2013 success

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American soccer supporters probably do not realize how good they have had it in 2013.

Aside from celebrating the CONCACAF Gold Cup title and World Cup qualification at home, U.S. soccer has enjoyed one of its finest years for the men’s and women’s senior teams.

The men are 16-3-2 (18 of 21 games against CONCACAF teams). The women are 11-0-2.

Combined: 27-3-4 with 98 goals for, 30 against.

Men’s high points: 2-0 victory over Mexico to clinch World Cup berth, 1-0 victory over Panama to win Gold Cup, 4-3 victory at Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Women’s high points: 2-0 victory over Germany at Algarve Cup, 3-3 draw at Germany, 3-0 victory at Canada.

Men’s low points: 2-1 loss in qualifier at Honduras, 4-2 loss in friendly to Belgium, 0-0 draw in friendly with Canada.

Women’s low point: 1-1 draw with Sweden at Algarve Cup.

Last year, the teams’ overall mark was 37-3-6 (men 9-2-3, women 28-1-3).

Other top U.S. dual campaigns …

2008: 42-4-4 (men, 9-3-2, women 33-1-2)

2005: 21-3-5 (men 13-3-4, women 8-0-1)

2004: 36-3-10 (men 8-1-6, women 28-2-4)

The U.S. men have two matches remaining this year …

Nov. 15: Scotland in Glasgow, 3 p.m. ET (ESPN2, UniMas, WatchESPN)

Nov. 19: Austria in Vienna, 2:45 (NBC Sports Network)

The women are down to three games …

Sunday: New Zealand in San Francisco, 6:30 p.m. ET (live steam: ussoccer.com)

Oct. 30: New Zealand in Columbus, 7:30 (live stream: ussoccer.com)

Nov. 10: Brazil in Orlando, 3:30 (NBC)

Ticket sales for the Brazil match have surpassed 10,000 after four days of sales. The count for S.F. and Columbus are 11,500 and 12,000, respectively. Awaiting word on the other two games. 

Level of competition is not factored, so interpret the numbers as you see fit, but here is how other countries with stable men’s and women’s programs have fared this year …

Germany: 18-3-5

Sweden: 13-3-8

England: 11-3-7

France: 8-4-7

Japan: 14-12-5

 

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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