CNLQ Match-Day Two – Inside the numbers
Martinique players celebrate after scoring against the British Virgin Islands in a match of week two of the Concacaf Nations League qualifying at the Stade Pierre-Aliker in Fort-de-France, on October 16, 2018 (Photo Philip Byrd )

MIAMI, FloridaWith week two of 2019/20 Concacaf Nations League Qualifying now in the books, teams will start to turn their attention to next month’s matches as part of week three of CNLQ.

It remains to be seen how the teams will fare, but some key statistics from week two can offer a glimpse as to what fans might expect in week three in November.

77 Goals 

Just 77 goals were scored in week two, as opposed to the 84 goals tallied in week one, suggesting that defenses across the region are starting to tighten up against opposing attacks.

Another key difference between weeks one and two was that 18 goals were scored by substitutes in week one, but just six goals in week two. It always helps to be able to bring in fresh legs off the bench for an offensive spark, but perhaps the fitness levels of defenses are improving and stemming the tide of goals from substitutes.

Strengthening that argument is the decrease in second half goals and second half stoppage time goals. There were 51 second half goals in week one, but just 32 in week two. To boot, seven goals were scored in stoppage time in week one, but just two in week two.

Haiti reamins the most lethal of teams in attack

Haiti remains the most lethal of teams in attack. Les Grenadiers boast the tournament’s leading scorer, Duckens Nazon, who didn’t even play in week two due to injury but remains the top scorer with five goals.

Haiti is tied with Curacao for most goals (15) and leads CNLQ in shots (74), shots on goals (29) and is tied with Jamaica in shots off the post (3).

Canada leas CNLQ in assists

Canada fans will also have reason to feel optimistic about week three after an excellent offensive performance in week two. Canada leads CNLQ in assists (9), passes (920), completed passes (867), with Atiba Hutchinson leading the way at the individual level, completing 79 of 82 passes in week two helping, Canada achieve a pass completion rate of 95% against Dominica.

Other countries stood out in attack as well. Nicaragua had a whopping 23 corner kicks versus Anguilla, Guadeloupe’s hustle led to 32 ball recoveries against Aruba, while Antigua and Barbuda attempted the most shots in week two (35) against Bahamas, with 16 being on target.

As the play of defenses continues to improve in CNLQ, the bar will be raised for these high-flying attacks in what should be a very entertaining week three.