World Cup: Does Kyle Beckerman have as great of a USMNT impact on Michael Bradley as we think?

What do the numbers say about Beckerman's influence on Bradley?

Consider the following to be a lab report on the dangers of cherry-picking stats.

After Wednesday night’s 2-2 draw between the US national team and Mexico, there has been a lot of talk about the relationship between central midfielders Michael Bradley and Kyle Beckerman.


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Best player in the world? Michael Bradley earns high praise after dazzling performance in No. 10 role

El Tri coach says Michael Bradley looked like "best player in the world" in first half

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Miguel Herrera doesn’t believe Mexico owe the United States for their place in Brazil. He certainly didn’t owe Michael Bradley a compliment after Wednesday night’s 2-2 draw.

USMNT Player Ratings: High marks for Michael Bradley, Chris Wondolowski in Mexico draw

USMNT Player Ratings: Bradley, Wondo shine – but how did Green do?

The US national team debuted a new shirt and a new prospect in a 2-2 draw on Wednesday night against archrivals Mexico that featured a standout display from Michael Bradley.

World Cup: Central defense spots no guarantee as Jurgen Klinsmann sizes up backline vs. Mexico

Omar & Besler in central defense, right? Not so fast, says Klinsmann

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Jurgen Klinsmann doesn’t deal in guarantees. The German is more of a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately kind of manager.

Three Things: Michael Bradley's role opens up World Cup options for USMNT | Armchair Analyst

Analyst: Bradley's role vs. Mexico opens up World Cup options

You thought you knew Michael Bradley. You thought you understood exactly what this guy brought to the game. You've talked at length about his work rate, his toughness in the tackle, his toughness in just, well, everything. How he stands. How he talks. How he breathes.

USMNT 2, Mexico 2 | International Friendly Match Recap

USA 2, MEX 2: Rafa, El Tri cancel out 1st-half goals from Bradley, Wondo

GLENDALE, Ariz. – For 45 minutes, it had all the makings of Dos a Cero. With Michael Bradley tearing Mexico apart, it appeared the US national team was on its way to writing another glorious chapter in the region’s marquee rivalry.

Appearances, of course, can be deceiving.

INFOGRAPHIC: USMNT-Mexico by the numbers – inside CONCACAF's greatest rivalry

INFOGRAPHIC: US-Mexico by the numbers – who is the greatest?

POLL: What's been the biggest change in the US-Mexico rivalry since 2011?

POLL: The biggest factor in the change between US-Mexico?

Jurgen Klinsmann took over the US men’s national team after they got embarrassed in the 2011 Gold Cup final against Mexico, giving up four straight goals to El Tri and losing 4-2.

World Cup: Jurgen Klinsmann says USMNT-Mexico friendly a "huge opportunity," but won't decide roster choices alone

JK says Mexico game a "huge opportunity" but won't settle WCup roster

GLENDALE, Ariz. – For two-and-a-half years, Jurgen Klinsmann tinkered. He experimented, demanding urgency as he steadily expanded the player pool. The German even dropped the USMNT’s most decorated player to prove a point.

Now, 24 hours before the US national team takes on Mexico on Wednesday (11 pm ET, ESPN and UniMas) in its last friendly before the final camp before the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Klinsmann is tasked with trimming rather than expanding the group at his disposal.

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