United States men's national soccer team

USMNT
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) USMNT
The Stars and Stripes[1]
The Yanks[2]
Association United States Soccer Federation (USSF)
Confederation CONCACAF
Sub-confederation NAFU
Head coach Gregg Berhalter
Captain Rotating
Most caps Cobi Jones (164)
Top scorer Clint Dempsey
Landon Donovan (57)
Home stadium Various
FIFA code USA
First colors
Second colors
FIFA ranking
Current 22 Steady (June 11, 2020)[3]
Highest 4 (April 2006[4])
Lowest 36 (July 2012[5])
First international
 Sweden 2–3 United States 
(Stockholm, Sweden; August 20, 1916)[6]
Unofficial
United States United States 0–1 Canada Canada
(Newark, New Jersey, United States; 28 November 1885)
Biggest win
 United States 8–0 Barbados 
(Carson, California, U.S.; June 15, 2008)
Biggest defeat
 Norway 11–0 United States 
(Oslo, Norway; August 6, 1948)[7]
World Cup
Appearances 10 (first in 1930)
Best result Third place (1930)
CONCACAF Championship
& Gold Cup
Appearances 17 (first in 1985)
Best result Champions: (1991, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2017)
Copa América
Appearances 4 (first in 1993)
Best result Fourth place: (1995, 2016)
Confederations Cup
Appearances 4 (first in 1992)
Best result Runners-up: (2009)

The United States men's national soccer team (USMNT) represents the United States in men's international soccer competitions. The team is controlled by the United States Soccer Federation and is a member of FIFA and Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF).

The team has appeared in ten FIFA World Cups, including the first in 1930, where they reached the semi-finals and are officially credited with third place, the best finish by any countries from outside the UEFA and CONMEBOL in the World Cup. After participating again in 1934 and 1950, the U.S. did not qualify for another World Cup until 1990. After hosting the 1994 World Cup, the team qualified for five more consecutive World Cups, becoming one of the tournament regulars and often advancing to the knockout stage. The U.S. reached the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup, their best finish in the modern era.[9]

The United States' best appearance in a FIFA men's senior tournament came in the 2009 Confederations Cup, where they eliminated top-ranked Spain in the semi-finals before losing to Brazil in the final. The team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, ending their streak of consecutive World Cups at seven. The U.S. will co-host the 2026 FIFA World Cup along with Canada and Mexico.

The U.S. also competes in continental tournaments, including the CONCACAF Gold Cup and Copa América. The U.S. has won six Gold Cups and has achieved a fourth-place finish in two Copa Américas, including the 2016 edition. The team's head coach is Gregg Berhalter and the general manager is Earnie Stewart.

History

Early years

The first U.S. national soccer team was constituted in 1885, when it played Canada in the first international match held outside the United Kingdom.[10] Canada defeated the U.S. 1–0 in Newark, New Jersey. The U.S. had its revenge the following year when it beat Canada 1–0, also in Newark, although neither match was officially recognized. The U.S. earned both silver and bronze medals in men's soccer at the 1904 St. Louis Summer Olympics through Christian Brothers College and St. Rose Parish, though the tournament is declared official only by the IOC (FIFA doesn't endorse tournaments held before 1908). The U.S. played its first official international match under the auspices of U.S. Soccer on August 20, 1916, against Sweden in Stockholm, where the U.S. won 3–2.

The first U.S. official formation in 1916, Stockholm Olympic Stadium, Sweden

The U.S. fielded a team in the 1930 World Cup in Uruguay, the first ever World Cup to be played. The U.S. began group play by beating Belgium 3–0. The U.S. then earned a 3–0 victory over Paraguay, with FIFA crediting Bert Patenaude with two of the goals.[11][12][13][14] In November 2006, FIFA announced that it had accepted evidence that Patenaude scored all three goals against Paraguay, and was thus the first person to score a hat trick in a World Cup.[15] In the semifinals, the U.S. lost to Argentina 6–1. There was no third place game. However, using the overall tournament records in 1986, FIFA credited the U.S. with a third-place finish ahead of fellow semi-finalist Yugoslavia.[16] This remains the U.S. team's best World Cup result, and is the highest finish of any team from outside of South America and Europe.

The U.S. qualified for the 1934 World Cup by defeating Mexico 4–2 in Italy a few days before the finals started. In a straight knock-out format, the team first played host Italy and lost 7–1, eliminating the U.S. from the tournament. At the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, the U.S. again lost to Italy in the first round and were eliminated, although this time with a score of 1–0.

The 1950 World Cup in Brazil was the next World Cup appearance for the U.S. as it withdrew in 1938 and the tournament wasn't held again until 1950. The U.S. lost its first match 3–1 against Spain, but then won 1–0 against England at Independência Stadium in Belo Horizonte. Striker Joe Gaetjens was the goal scorer. Called "The Miracle on Grass", the result is considered one of the greatest upsets in the history of the World Cup.[17][18] Months before the World Cup, England had beaten an all-star "rest of Europe" side 6–1 in an exhibition match. In their third game of the tournament, a 5–2 defeat by Chile saw the U.S. eliminated from the tournament. It would be four decades before the U.S. would make another appearance in the World Cup finals.

Drought (1960s–1980s)

The national team spent the mid-to-late 20th century in near complete irrelevance in both the international game and the domestic sporting scene. There was only one World Cup berth for CONCACAF during this period until 1982.[19] The emergence of the North American Soccer League in the 1960s and 1970s raised hopes that the U.S. national team would soon improve and become a global force. However such hopes were not realized and by the 1980s the U.S. Soccer Federation found itself in serious financial struggles, with the national team playing only two matches from 1981 to 1983. U.S. Soccer targeted the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and the 1986 World Cup as means of rebuilding the national team and its fan base. The International Olympic Committee declared that teams from outside Europe and South America could field full senior teams, including professionals (until then, the amateur-only rule had heavily favored socialist countries from Eastern Europe whose players were professionals in all but name). The U.S. had a very strong showing at the tournament, beating Costa Rica, tying Egypt, losing only to favorite Italy and finishing 1–1–1 but didn't make the second round, losing to Egypt on a tiebreaker (both had three points).

To provide a more stable national team program and renew interest in the NASL, U.S. Soccer entered the national team into the NASL league schedule for the 1983 season as Team America. This team lacked the continuity and regularity of training that conventional clubs enjoy, and many players were unwilling to play for the national team instead of their own clubs when conflicts arose. Team America finished the season at the bottom of the league, with U.S. Soccer canceling the experiment and withdrawing the national team from the NASL after one season. By the end of 1984, the NASL had folded, leaving the U.S. without a single professional-level outdoor soccer league.[20]

The U.S. bid to host the 1986 World Cup after Colombia withdrew from contention due to economic concerns, but FIFA selected Mexico to host the tournament. In the last game of CONCACAF qualifying for the 1986 World Cup, the U.S. needed only a tie against Costa Rica to reach the final qualification group against Honduras and Canada. U.S. Soccer scheduled the game to be played in Torrance, California, an area with many Costa Rican expatriates, and marketed the game almost exclusively to the Costa Rican community.[21] Costa Rica won the match 1–0, and kept the U.S. from reaching its fourth World Cup finals.[22]

In 1988, U.S. Soccer attempted to re-implement its national-team-as-club concept, offering contracts to players to train with the national program full-time while occasionally loaning them to club teams as a revenue source for the federation. This brought many key veterans back into the program and allowed the team to begin playing more matches which, combined with an influx of talent from new youth clubs and leagues established across the nation in the wake of the NASL's popularity, allowed the national team to end the 1980s with optimism and higher hopes of qualifying for the 1990 World Cup than had existed for previous tournaments.

Rise in the U.S. (1990s)

In 1988, FIFA named the U.S. as the host of the 1994 World Cup (success of the 1984 Summer Olympics played the major role), but it did so under significant international criticism because of the perceived weakness of the national team and the lack of a professional outdoor league. This criticism diminished somewhat when a 1–0 win against Trinidad and Tobago, the first road win for the U.S. in nearly two years, in the last match of the 1989 CONCACAF Championship, earned the U.S. its first World Cup appearance in 40 years.

The team was managed by Bob Gansler in preparation for the 1990 World Cup in Italy, with two of the team's more experienced players, Rick Davis and Hugo Perez, recovering from serious injuries and unavailable for selection. Rather than fill out his team with veteran professionals from U.S. indoor soccer leagues as suggested by some, Gansler and his assistant Stejem Mark chose to select many younger players with better conditioning for the outdoor game, including some amateurs playing for college teams. The U.S. entered the tournament as massive underdogs and suffered defeats in all three of its group games to Czechoslovakia, Italy, and Austria.

In a noteworthy match, in 1993 U.S. Cup, the U.S. beat England by 2–0.[23]

After qualifying automatically as the host of the 1994 World Cup under Bora Milutinović, the U.S. opened its tournament schedule with a 1–1 tie against Switzerland in the Pontiac Silverdome in the suburbs of Detroit, the first World Cup game played indoors. In its second game, the U.S. faced Colombia, then ranked fourth in the world, at the Rose Bowl. Aided by an own goal from Andrés Escobar, the U.S. won 2–1.[24] Escobar was later murdered in his home country, possibly in retaliation for this mistake.[25] Despite a 1–0 loss to Romania in its final group game, the U.S. made it past the initial round for the first time since 1930. In the round of 16, the U.S. lost 1–0 to the eventual champion Brazil.[26] Despite this success, the team fired Bora in 1995, reportedly because he was not interested in administrative duties.[27]

In a 1995 friendly, the U.S. came back from 3–0 to win 4–3 against Saudi Arabia, the biggest comeback in the team's history.

In the 1998 World Cup in France, the team lost all three group matches, 2–0 to Germany, 2–1 to Iran, and 1–0 to Yugoslavia, finishing dead last in the field of 32. Head coach Steve Sampson received much of the blame for the performance as a result of abruptly cutting team captain John Harkes, whom Sampson had named "Captain for Life" shortly before, as well as several other players who were instrumental to the qualifying effort, from the squad. Thomas Dooley became the Captain at that point.[28] It emerged in February 2010 that Sampson removed Harkes from the team due to Harkes allegedly having an affair with teammate Eric Wynalda's wife.[29]

Success in the 2000s

Claudio Reyna during practice

In the 2002 World Cup under Bruce Arena, the U.S. reached the quarterfinals, its best finish in a World Cup since 1930. The team advanced in the group stage with a 1–1–1 record. The team started with a 3–2 upset win over Portugal, followed by a 1–1 tie with co-host and eventual semi-finalist, South Korea. The third and final match was lost 1–3 to Poland, but the team still got to the round of 16 when South Korea defeated Portugal. This set the stage for a face-off with continental rivals Mexico, the first time they met in a World Cup. The U.S. won the game 2–0. Brian McBride opened the scoring, and Landon Donovan scored the second goal. That victory advanced the team to the quarterfinals, where it met Germany. The team lost 1–0 after being denied a penalty when Torsten Frings handled the ball to prevent a Gregg Berhalter goal. All of the U.S. games in the 2002 World Cup were played in South Korea and all their victories came wearing the white kit while their only defeats came while wearing the blue kit.

In the 2006 World Cup, after finishing top of the CONCACAF qualification tournament, the U.S. was drawn into Group E along with the Czech Republic, Italy, and Ghana. The United States opened its tournament with a 3–0 loss to the Czech Republic. The team then tied 1–1 against Italy, who went on to win the World Cup.[30] The U.S. was then knocked out of the tournament when beaten 2–1 by Ghana in its final group match, with Clint Dempsey scoring the U.S.'s only goal in the tournament – the goal against Italy had been an own goal by Italian defender Cristian Zaccardo.[31] Following the tournament, Arena's contract was not renewed. After the national team remained dormant for the rest of 2006 while negotiating with various coaches, the federation hired former Chicago Fire, MetroStars and Chivas USA manager Bob Bradley in early 2007.

Bradley began his competitive career with the national team with the 2007 Gold Cup. In the final, the United States beat Mexico 2–1, which qualified it for the 2009 Confederations Cup.[32]

The U.S. had a notable performance at the 2009 Confederations Cup.[33] In the semifinals, the U.S. defeated Spain 2–0.[34] At the time, Spain was atop the FIFA World Rankings and was on a run of 35 games undefeated. With the win, the United States advanced to its first-ever final in a men's FIFA tournament. The team lost 3–2 to Brazil after leading 2–0 at half time.[35]

The United States then hosted the 2009 Gold Cup.[36] In the final, the United States was beaten by Mexico 5–0. This defeat broke the U.S. team's 58-match home unbeaten streak against CONCACAF opponents, and was the first home loss to Mexico since 1999.

In the Fourth round of the 2010 World Cup qualification, the U.S. began by beating Mexico 2–0. The February 2009 loss extended Mexico's losing streak against America on U.S. soil to 11 matches.[37] Jozy Altidore became the youngest U.S. player to score a hat-trick, in a 3–0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago.[38] Near the end of the summer of 2009, the United States lost 2–1 to Mexico at Estadio Azteca. On October 10, the U.S. secured qualification to the 2010 World Cup with a 3–2 win over Honduras. Four days later, the U.S. finished in first place in the group with a 2–2 tie against Costa Rica.

2010–present

In the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the U.S. team was drawn in Group C against England, Slovenia and Algeria. After drawing against England (1–1) and Slovenia (2–2), the U.S. defeated Algeria 1–0 with a stoppage time goal from Landon Donovan, taking first place in a World Cup Finals group for the first time since 1930. In the round of 16, the U.S. was eliminated by Ghana, 2–1.[39] On FIFA's ranking of World Cup teams the U.S. finished in 12th place out of the 32-team field.

The U.S. again hosted the Gold Cup in 2011. The U.S. advanced past the group stage, then defeated Jamaica 2–0 in the quarterfinals and Panama 1–0 in the semifinals before losing to Mexico 4–2 in the final. Later in the summer, Bob Bradley was relieved of his duties and former German national team manager Jürgen Klinsmann was hired as head coach.

The U.S. had some success in friendlies in 2012 and 2013. The U.S. team won 1–0 in Italy on February 29, 2012, the team's first ever win over Italy. On June 2, 2013, the U.S. played a friendly against Germany at a sold out RFK Stadium in Washington D.C., with the U.S. winning 4–3. In July 2013, the U.S. hosted the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup where it went undefeated in the group stage and won with a 1–0 victory over Panama in the final, with Landon Donovan winning the tournament's golden ball award.

A 4–3 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina in an international friendly match in Sarajevo represented the 12th straight win for the USMNT, the longest winning streak for any team in the world at that time.[40][41][42][43] The 12 game winning streak ended September 6, 2013, when the U.S. lost to Costa Rica 3–1 in San José.[44] In 2013 the national team played the final round of qualification,[45][46] and by defeating Mexico in September, the U.S. clinched a spot in the 2014 World Cup.[47]

The U.S. absorbed many German elements leading up to the 2014 World Cup. U.S.'s German head coach Jürgen Klinsmann surprised the U.S. soccer world by calling up five Jurgen Americans, who are half-blooded Germans born and professionally trained in Germany, to the 23-men squad in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[48][49][50][51] The U.S. was drawn into Group G, along with Ghana, Germany, and Portugal.[52] The U.S. took revenge on the Ghanaians, winning 2–1.[53] They tied their second group game against Portugal 2–2. In the final game of the group stage, the U.S. fell to Germany 1–0, but moved on to the knockout stage on goal difference.[54] This was the first time that the team made two consecutive trips to the knockout stage of the FIFA World Cup.[55] In the round of 16, the U.S. lost 2–1 to Belgium in extra time, despite goalkeeper Tim Howard making a World Cup record 15 saves[56][Note 1] during the match.[57]

Clint Dempsey with the U.S. in 2011

The national team's next tournament under Klinsmann was the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The U.S. were eliminated by Jamaica 2–1 in the semifinals, before losing to Panama on penalties in the third place match. The fourth-place finish was the worst Gold Cup performance by the national team since 2000, and the first time the team failed to make the tournament final since 2003. In the 2015 CONCACAF Cup playoff to determine the region's entry to the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, the U.S. were defeated 3–2 by Mexico at the Rose Bowl. In June 2016, the U.S. played as hosts of Copa América Centenario. The U.S. topped Group A on goal difference against Colombia. The U.S. beat Ecuador 2–1 in the quarter-finals, but then fell to Argentina 4–0 and lost to Colombia again 1–0 in the third place match. They finished fourth at the Copa América, tying their best finish ever in 1995.

Following consecutive losses to Mexico and Costa Rica in the opening games of the final round of qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Klinsmann was removed as national team coach and technical director and replaced by previous U.S. manager Bruce Arena. World Cup qualification resumed on March 24, 2017, where Arena and his team had a record 6–0 win over Honduras.[58] Four days later, the team traveled to Panama City, drawing Panama 1–1. After beating Trinidad and Tobago 2–0, the U.S. got their third ever result in World Cup Qualification at the Estadio Azteca when they drew 1–1 against Mexico. In July 2017, the U.S. won their sixth CONCACAF Gold Cup with a 2–1 win over Jamaica in the final. Following an agonizing 2–1 defeat to Trinidad and Tobago on October 10, 2017, the U.S. failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, missing the tournament for the first time since 1986.[59] Many pundits and analysts called this the worst result and worst performance in the history of the national team.[60]

Following Arena's resignation on October 13, 2017, assistant coach Dave Sarachan was named interim manager during the search for a permanent replacement.[61] The search for a permanent head coach was delayed by the USSF presidential election in February 2018 and the hiring of Earnie Stewart as general manager in June 2018.[62][63] Gregg Berhalter, coach of the Columbus Crew and a former USMNT defender, was announced as the team's new head coach on December 2, 2018.[64][65]

Team image

Uniforms and crest

Since their first unofficial game against Canada, the most common U.S. uniform has been white tops with blue shorts. In 1950, the U.S. adopted a Peru-styled diagonal stripe or "sash" across the shirt. The stripe has been on third uniforms for 2003, 2004, and 2006, as well as the 2010 home, road and third uniforms. An additional color scheme based on the U.S. flag has been occasionally used (most prominently in the 1994 World Cup and 2012–13 qualifiers as well the 1983 Team America franchise of the North American Soccer League) comprising a shirt with red and white stripes with blue shorts.

Adidas provided the uniforms for the United States from 1984 until 1994. Since 1995, Nike has been the uniform supplier.[66]

Kit supplier Period Notes
Adidas[67] 1984–1994
Nike 1995–present will run until at least late 2022.[68]

Rivalries

The teams of Mexico and the United States are widely considered as the two major powers of CONCACAF. Matches between the two nations often attract much media attention, public interest and comment in both countries. Although the first match was played in 1934, their rivalry was not considered major until the 1980s, when the teams began to frequently compete in CONCACAF cups. On August 15, 2012, the United States defeated Mexico at Estadio Azteca in the first victory for the U.S. against Mexico on Mexican soil in 75 years.[69] Ever since their first meeting in 1934, the two teams have met 65 times, with Mexico leading the overall series 34–18–15 (W–L–T), outscoring the U.S. 138–79. However, since the 1990s, the tide began to change due to a rapid growth of soccer in the United States. During the 21st century, the series has favored the U.S. 13–7–6 (W–L–T). The United States and Mexico have won every edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup except one (the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup was won by Canada).

In recent years the United States has also begun to develop a rivalry with Costa Rica.[70][71][72][73][74]

Supporters

U.S. soccer fans, dressed in red, cheer in bleachers as they hold a large U.S. flag over themselves at a soccer match.
Sam's Army at a U.S. vs. Jamaica match

There have been two main supporter groups backing the United States men's national soccer team, Sam's Army and The American Outlaws. Sam's Army started shortly after the 1994 World Cup in the United States[75] and were active through 2014. Sam's Army members wore red to matches and sung or chanted throughout the match. They often brought huge U.S. flags and other banners to the game.

The American Outlaws was started in Lincoln, Nebraska in 2007 as a local supporters' group.[76] The group's membership attempted to address a lack of consistency from game to game in supporter organization and social events on match days.[77] To achieve this goal the American Outlaws became a nationwide, non-profit supporters' group. Some American Outlaws members wear U.S. flag bandanas over their faces and commonly wear soccer supporter scarves.[78] Some branches of the American Outlaws have their own scarves specific to their branch.[79]

Home stadium

RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. has hosted over 20 USMNT matches.

The United States does not have a dedicated national stadium like other national teams; instead, the team has played their home matches at 111 venues in 29 states and the District of Columbia.[citation needed] Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, located in the national capital of Washington, D.C., has hosted 24 matches, the most of any stadium.[80] The State of California has hosted 113 matches, the most of any state, and the Los Angeles metropolitan area has hosted 74 matches at several venues in and around the city of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum hosted 20 matches from 1965 to 2000, but fell out of use due to its age.[citation needed] The Rose Bowl, a 92,000-seat venue in Pasadena, has hosted 17 national team matches, as well as the 1994 FIFA World Cup Final, the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup Final, and the 1984 Olympics Gold Medal Match.[81]

Media coverage

ESPN and Fox Sports 1 evenly split the English language rights for U.S. Soccer broadcasts from 2015 to 2022. Univision Deportes has the Spanish language rights to all U.S. Soccer broadcasts from 2015 to 2022.[82] These agreements do not apply to FIFA World Cup away qualifiers, whose rights are distributed by the host country.[83] Therefore, these matches can often be found on other networks such as beIN Sports and Telemundo.[84]

Coaching staff

Coaching staff

Position Name
Head coach United States Gregg Berhalter
Assistant coach United States B.J. Callaghan
Assistant coach Spain Nico Estevez
Goalkeeper coach England Aron Hyde
Head performance expert United States Steve Tashjian
Movement and conditioning coach United States Darcy Norman

Technical staff

Position Name
Sporting director United States Earnie Stewart
General manager United States Brian McBride

Players

For all past and present players who have appeared for the national team, see United States men's national team players.

Current squad

The following 20 players were named to the squad for the friendly against Costa Rica on February 1, 2020.[85]

Caps and goals are updated as of February 1, 2020 after the match against Costa Rica.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Sean Johnson (1989-05-31) May 31, 1989 (age 31) 9 0 United States New York City
24 1GK Bill Hamid (1990-11-25) November 25, 1990 (age 29) 7 0 United States D.C. United

2 2DF Reggie Cannon (1998-06-11) June 11, 1998 (age 22) 11 0 United States FC Dallas
3 2DF Aaron Long (1992-10-12) October 12, 1992 (age 27) 17 3 United States New York Red Bulls
4 2DF Mark McKenzie (1999-02-25) February 25, 1999 (age 21) 1 0 United States Philadelphia Union
5 2DF Walker Zimmerman (1993-05-19) May 19, 1993 (age 27) 12 2 United States Nashville SC
13 2DF Sam Vines (1999-05-31) May 31, 1999 (age 21) 1 0 United States Colorado Rapids
15 2DF Justen Glad (1997-02-28) February 28, 1997 (age 23) 0 0 United States Real Salt Lake
20 2DF Julian Araujo (2001-08-13) August 13, 2001 (age 18) 0 0 United States LA Galaxy
21 2DF Chase Gasper (1996-01-25) January 25, 1996 (age 24) 1 0 United States Minnesota United

6 3MF Jackson Yueill (1997-03-19) March 19, 1997 (age 23) 7 0 United States San Jose Earthquakes
8 3MF Brenden Aaronson (2000-10-22) October 22, 2000 (age 19) 1 0 United States Philadelphia Union
16 3MF Brandon Servania (1999-03-12) March 12, 1999 (age 21) 1 0 United States FC Dallas
17 3MF Sebastian Lletget (1992-09-03) September 3, 1992 (age 27) 14 2 United States LA Galaxy
18 3MF Christian Cappis (1999-08-13) August 13, 1999 (age 20) 0 0 Denmark Hobro

7 4FW Paul Arriola (1995-02-05) February 5, 1995 (age 25) 33 5 United States D.C. United
9 4FW Gyasi Zardes (1991-09-02) September 2, 1991 (age 28) 56 12 United States Columbus Crew
10 4FW Jesús Ferreira (2000-12-24) December 24, 2000 (age 19) 1 0 United States FC Dallas
11 4FW Jonathan Lewis (1997-06-04) June 4, 1997 (age 23) 6 0 United States Colorado Rapids
19 4FW Ulysses Llanez (2001-04-02) April 2, 2001 (age 19) 1 1 Germany VfL Wolfsburg II

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the United States squad within the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK JT Marcinkowski (1997-05-09) May 9, 1997 (age 23) 0 0 United States San Jose Earthquakes v.  Costa Rica; February 1, 2020 PRE
GK Matt Turner (1994-06-24) June 24, 1994 (age 26) 0 0 United States New England Revolution v.  Costa Rica; February 1, 2020 PRE
GK Brad Guzan (1984-09-09) September 9, 1984 (age 35) 64 0 United States Atlanta United v.  Cuba; November 19, 2019
GK Zack Steffen (1995-04-02) April 2, 1995 (age 25) 17 0 England Manchester City v.  Canada; October 15, 2019
GK Jesse González (1995-05-25) May 25, 1995 (age 25) 0 0 United States FC Dallas v.  Uruguay; September 10, 2019

DF DeAndre Yedlin (1993-07-09) July 9, 1993 (age 26) 62 0 England Newcastle United v.  Cuba; November 19, 2019
DF Tim Ream (1987-10-05) October 5, 1987 (age 32) 40 1 England Fulham v.  Cuba; November 19, 2019
DF John Brooks (1993-01-28) January 28, 1993 (age 27) 38 3 Germany VfL Wolfsburg v.  Cuba; November 19, 2019
DF Daniel Lovitz (1991-08-27) August 27, 1991 (age 28) 13 0 United States Nashville SC v.  Cuba; November 19, 2019
DF Nick Lima (1994-11-17) November 17, 1994 (age 25) 9 0 United States San Jose Earthquakes v.  Cuba; November 19, 2019
DF Sergiño Dest (2000-11-03) November 3, 2000 (age 19) 3 0 Netherlands Ajax v.  Cuba; November 19, 2019
DF Matt Miazga (1995-07-19) July 19, 1995 (age 24) 18 1 England Reading v.  Canada; October 15, 2019
DF Miles Robinson (1997-03-14) March 14, 1997 (age 23) 2 0 United States Atlanta United v.  Cuba; October 11, 2019

MF Cristian Roldan (1995-06-03) June 3, 1995 (age 25) 19 0 United States Seattle Sounders v.  Costa Rica; February 1, 2020 PRE
MF Paxton Pomykal (1999-12-17) December 17, 1999 (age 20) 1 0 United States FC Dallas v.  Costa Rica; February 1, 2020 PRE
MF Bryang Kayo (2002-07-27) July 27, 2002 (age 17) 0 0 Unattached v.  Costa Rica; February 1, 2020 PRE
MF Wil Trapp (1993-01-15) January 15, 1993 (age 27) 20 0 United States Inter Miami v.  Cuba; November 19, 2019
MF Weston McKennie (1998-08-28) August 28, 1998 (age 21) 19 6 Germany Schalke 04 v.  Cuba; November 19, 2019
MF Alfredo Morales (1990-05-12) May 12, 1990 (age 30) 16 0 Germany Fortuna Düsseldorf v.  Cuba; November 19, 2019
MF Djordje Mihailovic (1998-11-10) November 10, 1998 (age 21) 5 1 United States Chicago Fire v.  Canada; November 15, 2019 PRE
MF Michael Bradley (1987-07-31) July 31, 1987 (age 32) 151 17 Canada Toronto FC v.  Canada; October 15, 2019

FW Jordan Morris (1994-10-26) October 26, 1994 (age 25) 39 10 United States Seattle Sounders v.  Costa Rica; February 1, 2020 PRE
FW Josh Sargent (2000-02-20) February 20, 2000 (age 20) 12 5 Germany Werder Bremen v.  Cuba; November 19, 2019
FW Tyler Boyd (1994-12-30) December 30, 1994 (age 25) 10 2 Turkey Beşiktaş v.  Cuba; November 19, 2019
FW Christian Pulisic (1998-09-18) September 18, 1998 (age 21) 34 14 England Chelsea v.  Canada; November 15, 2019 PRE
FW Corey Baird (1996-01-30) January 30, 1996 (age 24) 4 0 United States Real Salt Lake v.  Canada; November 15, 2019 PRE
FW Jeremy Ebobisse (1997-02-14) February 14, 1997 (age 23) 1 0 United States Portland Timbers v.  Canada; November 15, 2019 PRE
FW Jozy Altidore (1989-11-06) November 6, 1989 (age 30) 115 42 Canada Toronto FC v.  Cuba; October 11, 2019 PRE

Notes:

  • PRE = Preliminary squad

Recent schedule and results

The following is a list of match results from the previous 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

2019

2020

Records

As of February 1, 2020. Active players are shown in Bold.

Competitive record

For all past match results of the national team, see single-season articles and the team's results page.
For the all-time record of the national team against opposing nations, see the team's all-time record page.

The U.S. regularly competes at the FIFA World Cup, the CONCACAF Gold Cup, and the Summer Olympics. The U.S. has also played in the FIFA Confederations Cup, Copa América by invitation, as well as several minor tournaments.

The best result for the United States in a World Cup tournament came in 1930 when the team reached the semifinals. The team was composed of six naturalized internationals, five of them from Scotland and one from England.[86] The best result in the modern era is the 2002 World Cup, when the U.S. reached the quarterfinals. The worst world Cup tournament results in the modern era were group stage eliminations in 1990, 1998, and 2006, although the country failed to even qualify for the final tournament in 2018.

In the Confederations Cup, the United States finished in third place in both 1992 and 1999, and were runner-up in 2009. The United States appeared in their first intercontinental tournament final at the 2009 Confederations Cup.[87] In the semifinals, the United States upset top ranked Spain 2–0, to advance to the final. In the final, the United States lost 3–2 to Brazil after leading 2–0 at halftime.

The U.S. men's soccer team have played in the Summer Olympics since 1924. From that tournament to 1980, only amateur and state-sponsored Eastern European players were allowed on Olympic teams. The Olympics became a full international tournament in 1984 after the IOC allowed full national teams from outside FIFA CONMEBOL & UEFA confederations. Ever since 1992 the men's Olympic event has been age-restricted, under 23 plus three overage players, and participation has been by the United States men's national under-23 soccer team.

In regional competitions, the United States has won the CONCACAF Gold Cup six times, with their most recent title in 2017.[88] Their best ever finish at the Copa América was fourth-place at the 1995 and 2016 editions.[89][90]

FIFA World Cup

United States's FIFA World Cup record
Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Semifinals[Note 2] 3rd 3 2 0 1 7 6
Italy 1934 Round of 16 16th 1 0 0 1 1 7 1 1 0 0 4 2
France 1938 Withdrew Withdrew
Brazil 1950 Group stage 10th 3 1 0 2 4 8 4 1 1 2 8 15
Switzerland 1954 Did not qualify 4 2 0 2 7 9
Sweden 1958 4 0 0 4 5 21
Chile 1962 2 0 1 1 3 6
England 1966 4 1 2 1 4 5
Mexico 1970 6 3 0 3 11 9
West Germany 1974 4 0 1 3 6 10
Argentina 1978 5 1 2 2 3 7
Spain 1982 4 1 1 2 4 8
Mexico 1986 6 3 2 1 8 3
Italy 1990 Group stage 23rd 3 0 0 3 2 8 10 5 4 1 11 4
United States 1994 Round of 16 14th 4 1 1 2 3 4 Qualified as hosts
France 1998 Group stage 32nd 3 0 0 3 1 5 16 8 6 2 27 14
South Korea Japan 2002 Quarter-finals 8th 5 2 1 2 7 7 16 8 4 4 25 11
Germany 2006 Group stage 25th 3 0 1 2 2 6 18 12 4 2 35 11
South Africa 2010 Round of 16 12th 4 1 2 1 5 5 18 13 2 3 42 16
Brazil 2014 15th 4 1 1 2 5 6 16 11 2 3 26 14
Russia 2018 Did not qualify 16 7 4 5 37 16
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026 Qualified as co-host Qualified as co-host
Total 10/23 0 titles 33 8 6 19 37 62 154 77 36 41 266 181
World Cup highlights
First match  United States 3–0 Belgium 
(July 13, 1930; Montevideo, Uruguay)
Biggest win  United States 3–0 Belgium 
(July 13, 1930; Montevideo, Uruguay)
 United States 3–0 Paraguay 
(July 17, 1930; Montevideo, Uruguay)
Biggest defeat  Italy 7–1 United States 
(May 27, 1934; Rome, Italy)
Best result Third place at the 1930 FIFA World Cup
Second-best result 8th place at the 2002 FIFA World Cup
Second-worst result 25th place at the 2006 FIFA World Cup

CONCACAF Gold Cup

CONCACAF Championship 1963–1989, CONCACAF Gold Cup 1991–present

CONCACAF Gold Cup record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
El Salvador 1963 Did not enter
Guatemala 1965
Honduras 1967
Costa Rica 1969 Did not qualify
Trinidad and Tobago 1971 Did not enter
Haiti 1973 Did not qualify
Mexico 1977
Honduras 1981
1985 Group stage 6th 4 2 1 1 4 3
1989 Runners-up 2nd 8 4 3 1 6 3
United States 1991 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 10 3
Mexico United States 1993 Runners-up 2nd 5 4 0 1 5 5
United States 1996 Third place 3rd 4 3 0 1 8 3
United States 1998 Runners-up 2nd 4 3 0 1 6 2
United States 2000 Quarter-finals 5th 3 2 1 0 6 2
United States 2002 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 9 1
Mexico United States 2003 Third place 3rd 5 4 0 1 13 4
United States 2005 Champions 1st 6 4 2 0 11 3
United States 2007 1st 6 6 0 0 13 3
United States 2009 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 1 1 12 8
United States 2011 2nd 6 4 0 2 9 6
United States 2013 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0 20 4
Canada United States 2015 Fourth place 4th 6 3 2 1 12 5
United States 2017 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 13 4
Costa Rica Jamaica United States 2019 Runners-up 2nd 6 5 0 1 15 2
Total 17/25 6 titles 91 67 13 11 172 61

Summer Olympics

Summer Olympics record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
Greece 1896 No soccer tournament
France 1900 Did not enter
United States 1904 Silver medalists 2nd 3 1 1 1 2 7
Bronze medalists 3rd 3 0 1 2 0 6
United Kingdom 1908 Did not enter
Sweden 1912
Belgium 1920
France 1924 Round of 16 12th 2 1 0 1 1 3
Netherlands 1928 Round of 16 =9th 1 0 0 1 2 11
United States 1932 No soccer tournament
Germany 1936 Round of 16 =9th 1 0 0 1 0 1
United Kingdom 1948 Round of 16 11th 1 0 0 1 0 9
Finland 1952 Round of 32 =17th 1 0 0 1 0 8
Australia 1956 Quarter-finals =5th 1 0 0 1 1 9
Italy 1960 Did not qualify
Japan 1964
Mexico 1968
West Germany 1972 Group stage 14th 3 0 1 2 0 10
Canada 1976 Did not qualify
Soviet Union 1980 Qualified, later withdrew
United States 1984 Group stage 9th 3 1 1 1 4 2
South Korea 1988 Group stage 12th 3 0 2 1 3 5
Since 1992 See United States men's national under-23 soccer team
Total 2nd 22 3 6 13 13 71

Copa América

South American Championship 1916–1967, Copa América 1975–present

Copa América record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
19161991 Not invited
Ecuador 1993 Group stage 12th 3 0 1 2 3 6
Uruguay 1995 Fourth place 4th 6 2 1 3 6 7
19972004 Not invited
Venezuela 2007 Group stage 12th 3 0 0 3 2 8
20112015 Not invited
United States 2016 Fourth place 4th 6 3 0 3 7 8
20192020 Not invited
Total Invitation 0 titles 18 5 2 11 18 29

FIFA Confederations Cup

United States's FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Saudi Arabia 1992 Third place 3rd 2 1 0 1 5 5
Saudi Arabia 1995 Did not qualify
Saudi Arabia 1997
Mexico 1999 Third place 3rd 5 3 0 2 5 3
South Korea Japan 2001 Did not qualify
France 2003 Group stage 7th 3 0 1 2 1 3
Germany 2005 Did not qualify
South Africa 2009 Runners-up 2nd 5 2 0 3 8 9
Brazil 2013 Did not qualify
Russia 2017
Total 4/10 Runners-up 15 6 1 8 19 20

CONCACAF Nations League

CONCACAF Nations League record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
2019–20 TBD TBD 4 3 0 1 15 3
Total 1/1 4 3 0 1 15 3

Honors

Major competitions

Third place (1): 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 1930
Quarter-Finals (1): 2002
Runners-up (1): 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 2009
Third place (2): 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 1992, 1999
Champions (6): 1st place, gold medalist(s) 1991, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2017
Runners-up (6): 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 1989, 1993, 1998, 2009, 2011, 2019
Third place (2): 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 1996, 2003
Fourth place (2): 1995, 2016
Silver medal (1): 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 1904
Bronze medal (1): 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 1904
Fourth place (1): 2000

Minor competitions

Champions (3): 1st place, gold medalist(s) 1992, 1995, 2000
Runners-up (1): 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 1999
Third place (2): 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 1993, 1996
Champions (2): 1st place, gold medalist(s) 1989, 1989
Runners-up (3): 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 1987, 1988, 1989
Third place (1): 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 1990
Runners-up (2): 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 1949, 1991
Third place (2): 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 1947, 1990

See also

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