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Team USA, hardest-working squad in World Cup soccer

Jun 16, 2014; Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, BRAZIL; United States forward Clint Dempsey (8) points skyward after scoring a goal against Ghana during the first half of their 2014 World Cup game at Estadio das Dunas. Photo: Image by Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Team USA, hardest-working squad in World Cup soccer

By Jay Sorgi. CREATED Jul 18, 2014

The United States men's soccer team may have ended up on the losing side of the elimination rounds in the World Cup, but no team gave more effort.

A Business Insider writer actually found a way to quantify America's efforts in their four matches in Brazil.

According to Emmett Knowlton's research, Team USA ran an average of 77.17 miles per 90 minutes of regulation soccer - the farthest distance among all 32 teams at the World Cup.

Germany, the World Cup champions who beat America in a group stage game, finished second at 75.12 miles per game.

Seven of the top eight teams in miles-per-game made the Round of 16, including Team USA.

The least miles-per-game team total was the Ivory Coast, with 59.5.

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A lifelong sports fanatic whose grandfather appeared on a weekly show in the early years of 620WTMJ, Jay was well-groomed for a career with Journal Broadcast Group and WTMJ.