United States men's national soccer team

Last updated on 19 October 2017

The United States men's national soccer team, often referred to as the USMNT, represents the United States in international soccer. It is controlled by the United States Soccer Federation and competes in CONCACAF (the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football). The team has appeared in ten FIFA World Cups, including the inaugural edition, where they achieved their best result by reaching the semi-finals, placing third in modern rankings. The U.S. would go on to participate in the 1934 and 1950 World Cups, winning in a 1–0 upset over England in the latter. After the 1950 World Cup, the U.S. did not qualify for the World Cup again until 1990.

The U.S. hosted the 1994 World Cup, where they advanced to the round of sixteen and lost to Brazil. The team qualified for five consecutive World Cups after 1990, becoming one of the tournament's regular competitors and often advancing to the round of sixteen. The U.S. reached the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup, where they lost to Germany. Another notable result came during the 2009 Confederations Cup, where they eliminated top-ranked Spain in the semi-finals before losing to Brazil in the final, their only appearance in a FIFA men's competition final. The team missed the 2018 World Cup after being eliminated in continental qualifying, ending the streak of consecutive World Cups at seven.

The U.S. also competes in continental tournaments, including the CONCACAF Gold Cup and Copa América. The U.S. has hosted fourteen editions of the Gold Cup, winning six, and has achieved a fourth-place finish in two Copa Américas, including the 2016 edition that they hosted. The team's most recent head coach was Bruce Arena, who was hired in November 2016 and previously managed the team from 1998 to 2006.

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Shirt badge/Association crest

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.[8] 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 has since been unofficiated by FIFA. The U.S. played its first official international match under the auspices of U.S. Soccer August 20, 1916, against Sweden in Stockholm, where the U.S. won 3–2.

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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.[9][10][11][12] 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.[13] In the semifinals, the U.S. lost to Argentina 6–1. Using the overall tournament records, FIFA credited the U.S. with a third-place finish ahead of fellow semi-finalist Yugoslavia.[14] The finish 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.

There was no official soccer tournament in the 1932 Olympic Games. In an informal tournament, the U.S. finished first, followed by Mexico and Canada. The U.S. qualified for the 1934 World Cup by defeating Mexico 4–2. The team played Italy and lost 7–1, eliminating them from the tournament. The Olympic soccer tournament was reinstated in the 1936 Olympic Games.

The 1950 World Cup in Brazil was the next World Cup appearance for the U.S. (it withdrew from the tournament in 1938). 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. The result is considered one of the greatest upsets in the history of the World Cups. Months before the famous World Cup loss to the U.S., England had beaten an all-star "rest of Europe" side 6–1 in an exhibition match. Sports Illustrated and Soccer Digest have retroactively called the 1950 World Cup upset by the U.S. in 1950 the "Miracle on Grass".[15] In the U.S. third game of the 1950 tournament, a defeat by Chile by a 5–2 margin saw the U.S. eliminated from the tournament. It would be four decades before the U.S. would make another appearance at the World Cup.

Drought (1960s–1980s)

The national team spent the mid-to-late 20th century near complete irrelevance in both the international game and the domestic sporting scene. For the World Cup qualifications, there was only one berth for CONCACAF during this period until 1982.[16] 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, that had never played in a World Cup. U.S. Soccer rearranged its Olympic roster, cutting many collegiate players and replacing them with professionals, but the U.S. finished 1–1–1 and failed to make the second round.

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.[17]

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.[18] Costa Rica won the match 1–0, and kept the U.S. from reaching its fourth World Cup finals.[19]

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, 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 U.S.'s first road win 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 American indoor soccer leagues as suggested by some, Gansler 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 historic match, in 1993 U.S. Cup, U.S. beat England by 2–0.[20]

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.[21] Escobar was later murdered in his home country, possibly in retaliation for this mistake.[22] Despite a 1–0 loss to Romania in its final group game, the U.S. made it to the knockout round for the first time since 1930. In the round of 16, the U.S. lost 1–0 to the eventual champion Brazil.[23] Despite this success, the team fired Bora in 1995, reportedly because he was not interested in administrative duties.[24]

In 1995, 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 ironically 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.[25] 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.[26]

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Claudio Reyna during practice.

Success in the 2000s

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 reached the knockout stage after a 1–1–1 record in the group stage. It started with a 3–2 upset win over Portugal, followed by a 1–1 tie with co-host and eventual semi-finalist, South Korea. It then lost its third and final match 1–3 to Poland but still qualified for the second round when South Korea defeated Portugal. This set the stage for a Second round 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; all their victories came wearing the white kit and 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.[27] 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.[28] 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.[29]

The U.S. had a notable performance at the 2009 Confederations Cup.[30] In the semifinals, the U.S. defeated Spain 2–0.[31] 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; however, the team lost 3–2 to Brazil after leading 2–0 at half time.[32] The United States then hosted the 2009 Gold Cup.[33] 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.

The U.S. qualified for the Fourth round, or Hexagonal, of the 2010 World Cup qualification. The U.S. began the Fourth round by beating Mexico 2–0 in February 2009, a loss that extended Mexico's losing streak against America on U.S. soil to 11 matches.[34] Jozy Altidore became the youngest U.S. player to score a hat-trick, in a 3–0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago.[35] Near the end of the summer of 2009, the United States lost 2–1 to Mexico at Estadio Azteca. On October 10, 2009, the U.S. secured qualification to the 2010 World Cup with a 3–2 win over Honduras. Four days later, the U.S. secured first place in the Fourth round with a 2–2 tie against Costa Rica.

2010–present

In the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the U.S. team were drawn in Group C against England, Slovenia and Algeria. After drawing against England (1–1) and Slovenia (2–2), the U.S. defeated Algeria through a Landon Donovan stoppage time goal, the first time the U.S. had won its group since 1930. In the round of 16, the U.S. was eliminated by Ghana, 2–1.[36] On FIFA's ranking of World Cup teams the U.S. finished in 12th place out of the 32-team field.

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Clint Dempsey with the U.S. in 2011.

The U.S. again hosted the 2011 Gold Cup. The U.S. advanced past the group stage, and defeated Jamaica 2–0 in the quarerfinals and Panama 1–0 in the semifinals, to advance to its fourth consecutive Gold Cup final. In the final, the U.S. was beaten by Mexico 4–2. Later in the summer, Coach 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 and played in 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 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.[37][38][39][40] The 12 game winning streak ended September 6, 2013, when the U.S. lost to Costa Rica 3–1 in San Jose.[41] In 2013 the national team played the final round of qualification,[42][43] and by defeating Mexico in September, the U.S. clinched a spot in the 2014 World Cup.[44]

For the 2014 World Cup, the U.S. was drawn into Group G, along with Ghana, Germany, and Portugal.[45] The U.S. took revenge on the Ghanaians, winning 2–1.[46] 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.[47] This was the first time that the team made two consecutive trips to the knockout stage of the FIFA World Cup.[48] 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[49][Note 1] during the match.[50]

The national team's next tournament under Klinsmann was the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. However, 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 the summer of 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. His first two games coaching for the national team in 2017 were friendlies against Serbia and Jamaica. World Cup qualification resumed on March 24, where Arena and his team had a record 6–0 win over Honduras.[51] 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. After losing 2-1 to Trinidad and Tobago on October 10, 2017, the U.S. failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, missing the tournament for the first time since 1986.[52] On October 13, 2017, Bruce Arena resigned.[53]

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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.[54] These agreements do not apply to FIFA World Cup away qualifiers, whose rights are distributed by the host country.[55] Therefore, these matches can often be found on other networks such as beIN Sports and Telemundo.[56]

Uniforms

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 1985 until 1994. Since 1995, Nike has been the uniform supplier.[57]

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.

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Sam's Army at a U.S. vs. Jamaica match.

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.[58]

Ever since their first meeting in 1934, the two teams have met 65 times, with Mexico leading the overall series 33–18–14 (W–L–T), outscoring the U.S. 131–75. However, since the 1990s, the tide began to change due to a rapid growth of soccer in the United States. During this decade, Mexico continued to hold an edge over their arch-rivals but since the 2000s the series has favored the U.S. 13–6–5 (W–L–T).

In recent years, the United States has begun to develop a rivalry with Costa Rica, the third strongest team in CONCACAF.[59][60][61][62][63]

Supporters

The main supporter groups backing the United States men's national soccer team are Sam's Army and The American Outlaws. The two groups are usually put together in a "supporters' section" at U.S. home games. Sam's Army started shortly after the 1994 World Cup in the United States.[64] Sam's Army members wear red to matches, sing or chant throughout the match. They are so dedicated that they often bring huge American flags and other banners to the game. Both The American Outlaws and Sam's Army both commonly wear soccer supporter scarves.[65] Some branches of the American Outlaws have their own scarves specific to their branch.[66]

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

The American Outlaws was started in Lincoln, Nebraska as a local supporters' group.[67] The group's membership attempted to address a lack of consistency from game to game in supporter organization and social events on match days.[68] To achieve this goal the American Outlaws became a nationwide, non-profit, supporters' group. Some American Outlaws members wear American flag bandanas over their faces.

Home stadium

The United States does not have a dedicated national stadium like other national teams; instead, the team has played their home matches at 107 venues in 27 states and the District of Columbia. Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, located in the national capital of Washington, D.C., has hosted 24 matches, the most of any stadium.[69] The state of California has hosted 109 matches, the most of any state, and the Los Angeles metropolitan area has hosted 73 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. 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.[70]

Coaching staff

Position Name
Head coach Vacant
Associate head coach United States Dave Sarachan
Assistant coach United States Pat Noonan
Assistant coach United States Kenny Arena
Assistant coach United States Richie Williams
Goalkeeping coach United States Matt Reis
Conditioning coach United States Daniel Guzman
Chief scout Netherlands Thomas Rongen

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 23 players were named to the squad for the World Cup qualifier against Trinidad and Tobago on October 10, 2017.[71][72]
Caps and goals are updated as of October 10, 2017 after the match against Trinidad and Tobago.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Tim Howard (1979-03-06) March 6, 1979 (age 38) 121 0 United States Colorado Rapids
12 1GK Brad Guzan (1984-09-09) September 9, 1984 (age 33) 58 0 United States Atlanta United
22 1GK Nick Rimando (1979-06-17) June 17, 1979 (age 38) 22 0 United States Real Salt Lake

2 2DF DeAndre Yedlin (1993-07-09) July 9, 1993 (age 24) 48 0 England Newcastle United
3 2DF Omar Gonzalez (1988-10-11) October 11, 1988 (age 29) 48 3 Mexico Pachuca
5 2DF Matt Besler (1987-02-11) February 11, 1987 (age 30) 47 1 United States Sporting Kansas City
7 2DF DaMarcus Beasley (1982-05-24) May 24, 1982 (age 35) 126 17 United States Houston Dynamo
14 2DF Tim Ream (1987-10-05) October 5, 1987 (age 30) 26 1 England Fulham
15 2DF Jorge Villafaña (1989-09-16) September 16, 1989 (age 28) 14 0 Mexico Santos Laguna
19 2DF Graham Zusi (1986-08-18) August 18, 1986 (age 31) 55 5 United States Sporting Kansas City
20 2DF Geoff Cameron (1985-07-11) July 11, 1985 (age 32) 55 4 England Stoke City

4 3MF Michael Bradley (Captain) (1987-07-31) July 31, 1987 (age 30) 140 17 Canada Toronto FC
6 3MF Darlington Nagbe (1990-07-19) July 19, 1990 (age 27) 24 1 United States Portland Timbers
10 3MF Christian Pulisic (1998-09-18) September 18, 1998 (age 19) 20 9 Germany Borussia Dortmund
11 3MF Alejandro Bedoya (1987-04-29) April 29, 1987 (age 30) 65 2 United States Philadelphia Union
13 3MF Dax McCarty (1987-04-20) April 20, 1987 (age 30) 13 0 United States Chicago Fire
16 3MF Benny Feilhaber (1985-01-19) January 19, 1985 (age 32) 44 2 United States Sporting Kansas City
21 3MF Paul Arriola (1995-02-05) February 5, 1995 (age 22) 15 2 United States D.C. United
23 3MF Kellyn Acosta (1995-07-24) July 24, 1995 (age 22) 16 1 United States FC Dallas

8 4FW Clint Dempsey (1983-03-09) March 9, 1983 (age 34) 141 57 United States Seattle Sounders FC
9 4FW Bobby Wood (1992-11-15) November 15, 1992 (age 24) 36 10 Germany Hamburger SV
17 4FW Jozy Altidore (1989-11-06) November 6, 1989 (age 27) 110 41 Canada Toronto FC
18 4FW Chris Wondolowski (1983-01-28) January 28, 1983 (age 34) 35 11 United States San Jose Earthquakes

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 Jesse González (1995-05-25) May 25, 1995 (age 22) 0 0 United States FC Dallas 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
GK Bill Hamid (1990-11-25) November 25, 1990 (age 26) 3 0 United States D.C. United 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
GK Sean Johnson (1989-05-31) May 31, 1989 (age 28) 5 0 United States New York City FC 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup GS
GK Joe Bendik (1989-04-25) April 25, 1989 (age 28) 0 0 United States Orlando City 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
GK Ethan Horvath (1995-06-09) June 9, 1995 (age 22) 1 0 Belgium Club Brugge v.  Mexico; June 11, 2017 PRE
GK David Bingham (1989-10-19) October 19, 1989 (age 28) 3 0 United States San Jose Earthquakes v.  Panama; March 28, 2017
GK Luis Robles (1984-05-11) May 11, 1984 (age 33) 3 0 United States New York Red Bulls v.  Jamaica; February 3, 2017
GK Stefan Frei (1986-04-20) April 20, 1986 (age 31) 0 0 United States Seattle Sounders FC v.  Serbia; January 29, 2017 PRE
GK Brian Rowe (1988-11-16) November 16, 1988 (age 28) 0 0 United States LA Galaxy v.  Serbia; January 29, 2017 PRE
GK William Yarbrough (1989-03-20) March 20, 1989 (age 28) 3 0 Mexico León v.  Costa Rica; November 15, 2016

DF Michael Orozco (1986-02-07) February 7, 1986 (age 31) 29 4 Mexico Tijuana v.  Trinidad and Tobago; October 10, 2017 PRE
DF Eric Lichaj (1988-11-17) November 17, 1988 (age 28) 13 1 England Nottingham Forest v.  Honduras; September 5, 2017
DF Matt Hedges (1990-04-01) April 1, 1990 (age 27) 5 0 United States FC Dallas v.  Honduras; September 5, 2017 PRE
DF Matt Miazga (1995-07-19) July 19, 1995 (age 22) 3 1 Netherlands SBV Vitesse 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DF Justin Morrow (1987-10-04) October 4, 1987 (age 30) 3 0 Canada Toronto FC 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DF Steve Birnbaum (1991-01-23) January 23, 1991 (age 26) 11 1 United States D.C. United 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF Greg Garza (1991-08-16) August 16, 1991 (age 26) 10 0 United States Atlanta United 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF Matt Polster (1993-06-08) June 8, 1993 (age 24) 0 0 United States Chicago Fire 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF Jonathan Spector (1986-03-01) March 1, 1986 (age 31) 36 0 United States Orlando City 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF John Brooks (1993-01-28) January 28, 1993 (age 24) 32 3 Germany VfL Wolfsburg v.  Mexico; June 11, 2017
DF Timothy Chandler (1990-03-29) March 29, 1990 (age 27) 29 1 Germany Eintracht Frankfurt v.  Venezuela; June 3, 2017 PRE
DF Walker Zimmerman (1993-05-19) May 19, 1993 (age 24) 1 0 United States FC Dallas v.  Panama; March 28, 2017
DF Brad Evans (1985-04-20) April 20, 1985 (age 32) 27 1 United States Seattle Sounders FC v.  Jamaica; February 3, 2017
DF Chad Marshall (1984-08-22) August 22, 1984 (age 33) 12 1 United States Seattle Sounders FC v.  Jamaica; February 3, 2017
DF Taylor Kemp (1990-07-23) July 23, 1990 (age 27) 0 0 United States D.C. United v.  Serbia; January 29, 2017 PRE
DF Keegan Rosenberry (1993-12-11) December 11, 1993 (age 23) 0 0 United States Philadelphia Union v.  Serbia; January 29, 2017 PRE
DF Cameron Carter-Vickers (1997-12-31) December 31, 1997 (age 19) 0 0 England Sheffield United v.  Costa Rica; November 15, 2016

MF Fabian Johnson (1987-12-11) December 11, 1987 (age 29) 57 2 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach v.  Honduras; September 5, 2017
MF Cristian Roldan (1995-06-03) June 3, 1995 (age 22) 1 0 United States Seattle Sounders FC v.  Honduras; September 5, 2017 PRE
MF Joe Corona (1990-07-09) July 9, 1990 (age 27) 20 3 Mexico Tijuana 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MF Chris Pontius (1987-05-12) May 12, 1987 (age 30) 5 0 United States Philadelphia Union 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MF Kelyn Rowe (1991-12-02) December 2, 1991 (age 25) 3 1 United States New England Revolution 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup GS
MF Kenny Saief (1993-12-17) December 17, 1993 (age 23) 1 0 Belgium Gent v.  Ghana; July 1, 2017
MF Thomas McNamara (1991-02-06) February 6, 1991 (age 26) 0 0 United States New York City FC 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Wil Trapp (1993-01-15) January 15, 1993 (age 24) 2 0 United States Columbus Crew SC 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Jermaine Jones (1981-11-03) November 3, 1981 (age 35) 69 4 United States LA Galaxy v.  Panama; March 28, 2017
MF Sacha Kljestan (1985-09-09) September 9, 1985 (age 32) 52 6 United States New York Red Bulls v.  Panama; March 28, 2017
MF Sebastian Lletget (1992-09-03) September 3, 1992 (age 25) 3 1 United States LA Galaxy v.  Honduras; March 24, 2017
MF Kekuta Manneh (1994-12-30) December 30, 1994 (age 22) 0 0 United States Columbus Crew SC v.  Serbia; January 29, 2017 PRE
MF Lynden Gooch (1995-12-24) December 24, 1995 (age 21) 2 0 England Sunderland v.  Costa Rica; November 15, 2016
MF Julian Green (1995-06-06) June 6, 1995 (age 22) 8 3 Germany Greuther Fürth v.  Costa Rica; November 15, 2016
MF Caleb Stanko (1993-07-23) July 23, 1993 (age 24) 1 0 Germany SC Freiburg v.  Costa Rica; November 15, 2016 PRE

FW Juan Agudelo (1992-11-23) November 23, 1992 (age 24) 26 3 United States New England Revolution v.  Trinidad and Tobago; October 10, 2017 PRE
FW Gyasi Zardes (1991-09-02) September 2, 1991 (age 26) 37 6 United States LA Galaxy v.  Panama; October 6, 2017 PRE
FW Jordan Morris (1994-10-26) October 26, 1994 (age 22) 24 5 United States Seattle Sounders FC v.  Honduras; September 5, 2017
FW Dom Dwyer (1990-07-30) July 30, 1990 (age 27) 3 2 United States Orlando City 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup GS
FW C. J. Sapong (1988-12-27) December 27, 1988 (age 28) 2 0 United States Philadelphia Union 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
FW Alan Gordon (1981-10-16) October 16, 1981 (age 36) 2 0 United States Colorado Rapids v.  Costa Rica; November 15, 2016
FW Aron Jóhannsson (1990-10-26) October 26, 1990 (age 26) 19 4 Germany Werder Bremen v.  Costa Rica; November 15, 2016

Notes:

  • GS = Group stage squad
  • PRE = Preliminary squad

Results and schedule

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

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

November 11, 2016 (2016-11-11) WCQ R5 United States  1–2  Mexico Columbus, Ohio
19:45 ET Brooks YC 15'
Chandler YC 44'
Wood Goal 49'
Besler YC 68'
Report Reyes YC 10'
Layún Goal 20', YC 70'
Herrera YC 58'
Vela YC 64'
Márquez Goal 89'
Salcedo Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 76', 90+3'
Stadium: MAPFRE Stadium
Attendance: 24,650
Referee: Walter López Castellanos (Guatemala)


November 15, 2016 (2016-11-15) WCQ R5 Costa Rica  4–0  United States San José, Costa Rica
21:00 ET Salvatierra YC 9'
Venegas Goal 44'
Acosta YC 51'
Bolaños Goal 68'
Campbell Goal 74,78'
Report Chandler YC 11'
Jones YC 37'
Bradley YC 55'
Altidore YC 71'
Stadium: Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica
Attendance: 35,400
Referee: César Arturo Ramos (Mexico)


January 29, 2017 (2017-01-29) Friendly United States  0–0  Serbia San Diego, California
16:00 ET Kljestan YC 57' Report Cirkovic YC 80' Stadium: Qualcomm Stadium
Attendance: 20,079
Referee: Kevin Morrison (Jamaica)


February 3, 2017 (2017-02-03) Friendly United States  1–0  Jamaica Chattanooga, Tennessee
19:00 ET Morris Goal 59' Report Grandison YC 10' Stadium: Finley Stadium
Attendance: 17,903
Referee: Jafeth Perea (Panama)


March 24, 2017 (2017-03-24) WCQ R5 United States  6–0  Honduras San Jose, California
20:30 ET Lletget Goal 5'
Cameron YC 25'
Bradley Goal 27'
Dempsey Goal 32'49'54'
Pulisic Goal 46'
Report Alvarado YC 15' Stadium: Avaya Stadium
Attendance: 17,729
Referee: Walter López Castellanos (Guatemala)


March 28, 2017 (2017-03-28) WCQ R5 Panama  1–1  United States Panama City, Panama
20:00 ET Gómez Goal 43' Report Dempsey Goal 39' Stadium: Estadio Rommel Fernández
Attendance: 23,052
Referee: César Arturo Ramos (Mexico)


June 3, 2017 (2017-06-03) Friendly United States  1–1  Venezuela Sandy, Utah
22:00 ET Pulisic Goal 61' Report Velázquez Goal 29' Stadium: Rio Tinto Stadium
Attendance: 17,315
Referee: Jeffrey Solis (Costa Rica)


June 8, 2017 (2017-06-08) WCQ R5 United States  2–0  Trinidad and Tobago Commerce City, Colorado
19:50 ET Pulisic Goal 52'62'
Bedoya YC 85'
Report Paul YC 76' Stadium: Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Attendance: 19,188
Referee: Óscar Moncada (Honduras)


June 11, 2017 (2017-06-11) WCQ R5 Mexico  1–1  United States Mexico City, Mexico
20:30 ET Vela Goal 23' Report Bradley Goal 6' Stadium: Estadio Azteca
Attendance: 71,537
Referee: Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)


July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) Friendly United States  2–1  Ghana East Hartford, Connecticut
16:45 ET Dwyer Goal 19'
Acosta YC 31', Goal 52'
Villafana YC 45+2'
Report Ofori YC 24'
Gyan Goal 60'
Sackey YC 61'
Stadium: Rentschler Field
Attendance: 28,754
Referee: Ismael Cornejo (El Salvador)


July 8, 2017 (2017-07-08) Gold Cup Group B United States  1–1  Panama Nashville, Tennessee
16:30 ET Dwyer Goal 50' Report Camargo Goal 60' Stadium: Nissan Stadium
Attendance: 47,622
Referee: Fernando Guerrero (Mexico)


July 12, 2017 (2017-07-12) Gold Cup Group B United States  3–2  Martinique Tampa, Florida
21:00 ET Gonzalez Goal 53'
Morris Goal 64'76'
Report Parsemain Goal 66'74' Stadium: Raymond James Stadium
Attendance: 23,368
Referee: Henry Bejarano (Costa Rica)


July 15, 2017 (2017-07-15) Gold Cup Group B Nicaragua  0–3  United States Cleveland, Ohio
19:00 ET Report Corona Goal 37'
Rowe Goal 56'
Miazga Goal 88'
Stadium: FirstEnergy Stadium
Attendance: 27,934
Referee: Melvin Matamoros (Honduras)


July 19, 2017 Gold Cup QF United States  2–0  El Salvador Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
19:00 ET Gonzalez Goal 41'
Lichaj Goal 45+2'
Report Stadium: Lincoln Financial Field
Attendance: 31,615
Referee: Drew Fischer (Canada)


July 22, 2017 Gold Cup SF Costa Rica  0–2  United States Arlington, Texas
22:00 ET Report Altidore Goal 72'
Dempsey Goal 82'
Stadium: AT&T Stadium
Attendance: 45,516
Referee: Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)


July 26, 2017 Gold Cup Final United States  2–1  Jamaica Santa Clara, California
21:30 ET Altidore Goal 45'
Morris Goal 88'
Report Watson Goal 50' Stadium: Levi's Stadium
Attendance: 63,032
Referee: Walter López (Guatemala)


September 1, 2017 (2017-09-01) WCQ R5 United States  0–2  Costa Rica Harrison, New Jersey
18:55 ET Report Ureña Goal 30'82' Stadium: Red Bull Arena
Attendance: 26,500
Referee: John Pitti (Panama)


September 5, 2017 (2017-09-05) WCQ R5 Honduras  1–1  United States San Pedro Sula, Honduras
17:30 ET Quioto Goal 27' Report Wood Goal 85' Stadium: Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano
Attendance: 37,325
Referee: Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)


October 6, 2017 (2017-10-06) WCQ R5 United States  4–0  Panama Orlando, Florida
19:00 ET Pulisic Goal 8'
Altidore Goal 19'43' (pen.)
Wood Goal 63'
Report Stadium: Orlando City Stadium
Attendance: 25,303
Referee: Roberto García Orozco (Mexico)


October 10, 2017 (2017-10-10) WCQ R5 Trinidad and Tobago  2–1  United States Couva, Trinidad and Tobago
20:00 ET Gonzalez Goal 17' (o.g.)
A. Jones Goal 37'
Report Pulisic Goal 47' Stadium: Ato Boldon Stadium
Referee: Juan Carlos Guerra (Guatemala)


November 14, 2017 Friendly Portugal  v  United States Leiria, Portugal
13:45 ET Stadium: Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa[73]


Player records

As of October 10, 2017 . Active players are shown in Bold.
Most caps
# Player Caps Goals Career
1 Cobi Jones 164 15 1992–2004
2 Landon Donovan 157 57 2000–2014
3 Clint Dempsey 141 57 2004–0000
4 Michael Bradley 140 17 2006–0000
5 Jeff Agoos 134 4 1988–2003
6 Marcelo Balboa 127 13 1988–2000
7 DaMarcus Beasley 126 17 2001–0000
8 Tim Howard 121 0 2002–0000
9 Claudio Reyna 112 8 1994–2006
10 Jozy Altidore 110 41 2007–0000
Carlos Bocanegra 110 14 2001–2012
Paul Caligiuri 110 5 1984–1997
Top goalscorers
# Player Goals Caps Career
1 Clint Dempsey 57 141 2004–0000
Landon Donovan 57 157 2000–2014
3 Jozy Altidore 41 110 2007–0000
4 Eric Wynalda 34 106 1990–2000
5 Brian McBride 30 95 1993–2006
6 Joe-Max Moore 24 100 1992–2002
7 Bruce Murray 21 85 1985–1993
8 Eddie Johnson 19 63 2004–2014
9 Earnie Stewart 17 101 1990–2004
DaMarcus Beasley 17 126 2001–0000
Michael Bradley 17 140 2006–0000

Competitive record

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

The U.S. men's soccer team have played in the Summer Olympics since 1924. 1924 to 1976 when the U.S. national team played, only amateur players were allowed on Olympic teams per Olympic rules. From when that tournament became a full international tournament after the IOC allowed full national teams from outside FIFA CONMEBOL & UEFA confederations in 1984, the U.S. national team results dramatically improved. 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.

The best result for the United States in a World Cup came in 1930 when they reached the semifinals.[74] The best results in the modern era include the 2002 World Cup, when the U.S. reached the quarterfinals, and the 2010 World Cup, when the U.S. won its group. The worst result in the modern era was a first round elimination in 1990, 1998, and 2006.

In the Confederations Cup, the United States finished in third place in both 1992 and 1999, and were runner-up in the 2009 Confederations Cup. During the 2009 Confederations Cup, the United States appeared in their first ever intercontinental tournament final.[75] 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.

In regional competitions, the United States has won the CONCACAF Gold Cup six times, with their most recent title in 2017.[76] Their best ever finish at the Copa América was fourth-place at the 1995 and 2016 editions.[77][78]

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record
Year Result Position Pld W T L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Semi-Finals*[7] 3rd 3 2 0 1 7 6
Italy 1934 Round 1 16th 1 0 0 1 1 7
French Third Republic 1938 Withdrew
Brazil 1950 Group Stage 10th 3 1 0 2 4 8
Switzerland 1954 Did Not Qualify
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970
West Germany 1974
Argentina 1978
Spain 1982
Mexico 1986
Italy 1990 Group Stage 23rd 3 0 0 3 2 8
United States 1994 Round of 16 14th 4 1 1 2 3 4
France 1998 Group Stage 32nd 3 0 0 3 1 5
South Korea Japan 2002 Quarter-Finals 8th 5 2 1 2 7 7
Germany 2006 Group Stage 25th 3 0 1 2 2 6
South Africa 2010 Round of 16 12th 4 1 2 1 5 5
Brazil 2014 Round of 16 15th 4 1 1 2 5 6
Russia 2018 Did Not Qualify
Qatar 2022 TBD
Total 10/22 0 titles 33 8 6 19 37 62
United States World Cup record
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
Worst result 32nd place at the 1998 FIFA World Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Result Position Pld W T 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 0 titles 15 6 1 8 19 20

Summer Olympics

Summer Olympics record
Year Result Position Pld W T L GF GA
Amateur
United Kingdom 1908 Did not enter
19121920 Did not qualify
France 1924 Round 2 14th 2 1 0 1 1 3
Netherlands 1928 Round 1 16th 1 0 0 1 2 11
Nazi Germany 1936 Round 1 16th 1 0 0 1 0 1
United Kingdom 1948 Round 1 16th 1 0 0 1 0 9
Finland 1952 Round 1 26th 1 0 0 1 0 8
Australia 1956 Round 1 8th 1 0 0 1 1 9
19601968 Did not qualify
West Germany 1972 Group Stage 14th 3 0 1 2 0 10
Canada 1976 Did not qualify
National Team
Soviet Union 1980 Withdrew
United States 1984 Group Stage 11th 3 1 1 1 5 2
South Korea 1988 Group Stage 12th 2 0 1 2 3 5
Total 9/18 0 Titles 15 2 3 11 12 58
Under-23 National Team
1992 – present See United States national under-23 team

CONCACAF Gold Cup

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

CONCACAF Gold Cup record
Year Result Position Pld W T 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 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0 13 3
United States 2009 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 1 1 12 8
United States 2011 Runners-up 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
Total 14/14 6 titles 85 62 13 10 157 59

Copa América

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

CONMEBOL Copa América record
Year Result Position Pld W T L GF GA
19161991 Did Not Enter
Ecuador 1993 Group Stage 12th 3 0 1 2 3 6
Uruguay 1995 Fourth Place 4th 6 2 1 3 6 7
19972004 Did Not Enter
Venezuela 2007 Group Stage 12th 3 0 0 3 2 8
20112015 Did Not Enter
United States 2016 Fourth Place 4th 6 3 0 3 7 8
Total 4/45 0 titles 18 5 2 11 18 29

Honors

Major competitions

Third place (1): 1930
Quarter-Finals (1): 2002
Runners-up (1): 2009
Third place (2): 1992, 1999
Winners (6): 1991, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2017
Runners-up (5): 1989, 1993, 1998, 2009, 2011
Third place (2): 1996, 2003
Fourth place (2): 1995, 2016

Minor competitions

Winners (3): 1992, 1995, 2000
Runners-up (1): 1999
Third place (2): 1993, 1996
Winners (2): 1989, 1989
Runners-up (3): 1987, 1988, 1989
Third place (1): 1990
Runners-up (2): 1949, 1991
Third place (2): 1947, 1990

See also

Notes

  1. ^ FIFA's initial match statistics showed 16 saves, and many news sources continue to use this number. The official FIFA statistics were updated on July 5, 2014 to show 15 saves.

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