Altidore hat trick powers U.S. comeback

Posted by Paul Carr & Albert Larcada, ESPN Stats & Information

After trailing 2-0 at halftime, the United States scored four goals in the second half to beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 4-3 in Sarajevo. Here are five notes on the impressive comeback, which marked the first time the U.S. has ever come from behind to win in Europe …

• Jozy Altidore’s hat trick was his second of his international career, and his first since 2009. He’s the third American with multiple hat tricks, joining Landon Donovan, who has three, and Peter Millar, who had a pair in 1968.

• With his first goal, Altidore became the first American to score in five straight appearances, breaking the record he previously shared with five other players. He is also the seventh American to reach the 20-goal plateau, and his seven goals in 2013 are a personal best in a calendar year.

• The U.S. has won 12 straight games, extending the longest streak in team history. It’s also the longest current streak in the world, and it makes the United States the seventh country ever to win 12 straight games. Spain holds the world record with 15 straight wins, a run that ended against the U.S. in the 2009 Confederations Cup.

• As is his custom, Michael Bradley patrolled and controlled the midfield for the United States, completing 95 of 104 passes in the game. Putting aside the games against overmatched Cuba and Belize, both numbers are the most for any American in the Jurgen Klinsmann era.

• Edin Dzeko, who leads European World Cup qualifying with eight goals in six games, scored twice for Bosnia-Herzegovina, extending his team record to 31 career goals. The loss snapped Bosnia’s team-record nine-game unbeaten streak.


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