United States men's national soccer team

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United States
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Team USA[1]
The Stars and Stripes[2]
The Yanks[3]
AssociationU.S. Soccer
ConfederationCONCACAF
Head coachJürgen Klinsmann
CaptainLandon Donovan
Most capsCobi Jones (164)
Top scorerLandon Donovan (57)
FIFA ranking13 Increase 1
Highest FIFA ranking4[4] (April 2006)
Lowest FIFA ranking36 (July 2012)
Elo ranking13
Highest Elo ranking9 (June 24–27, 2009, July 8–10, 2009, July 23–25, 2009)
Lowest Elo ranking85 (October 17, 1968)
First colors
Second colors
First international
 Sweden 2–3 United States 
(Stockholm, Sweden; August 20, 1916)[5][6]
Biggest win
 United States 8–0 Barbados 
(Carson, California, United States; June 15, 2008)
Biggest defeat
 Norway 11–0 United States 
(Oslo, Norway; August 6, 1948)
World Cup
Appearances10 (First in 1930)
Best resultThird Place,[7] 1930
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Appearances13 (First in 1985)
Best resultChampions, 1991, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2013
Confederations Cup
Appearances4 (First in 1992)
Best resultRunners-up, 2009
 
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United States
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Team USA[1]
The Stars and Stripes[2]
The Yanks[3]
AssociationU.S. Soccer
ConfederationCONCACAF
Head coachJürgen Klinsmann
CaptainLandon Donovan
Most capsCobi Jones (164)
Top scorerLandon Donovan (57)
FIFA ranking13 Increase 1
Highest FIFA ranking4[4] (April 2006)
Lowest FIFA ranking36 (July 2012)
Elo ranking13
Highest Elo ranking9 (June 24–27, 2009, July 8–10, 2009, July 23–25, 2009)
Lowest Elo ranking85 (October 17, 1968)
First colors
Second colors
First international
 Sweden 2–3 United States 
(Stockholm, Sweden; August 20, 1916)[5][6]
Biggest win
 United States 8–0 Barbados 
(Carson, California, United States; June 15, 2008)
Biggest defeat
 Norway 11–0 United States 
(Oslo, Norway; August 6, 1948)
World Cup
Appearances10 (First in 1930)
Best resultThird Place,[7] 1930
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Appearances13 (First in 1985)
Best resultChampions, 1991, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2013
Confederations Cup
Appearances4 (First in 1992)
Best resultRunners-up, 2009

The United States men's national soccer team, often referred to as the USMNT, represents the United States in international association football (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 is ranked 13th in the world according to the FIFA World Rankings, and 12th in the World Football Elo Ratings. They have appeared in the last six FIFA World Cups and hosted the 1994 edition.

The men's national team competes in the FIFA World Cup and the FIFA Confederations Cup, in addition to the CONCACAF Gold Cup and other competitions by invitation. They achieved a CONCACAF-best when they reached the semi-final at the 1930 World Cup, finishing 3rd. After qualifying for the 1934 World Cup, and withdrawing in 1938, the next World Cup participation came at the 1950 tournament, causing an upset by defeating England 1–0 in their second group match. After 1950, the US didn't qualify for the World Cup again until 1990.

After the 1990 World Cup, the US qualified automatically as hosts of the 1994 World Cup, eventually losing to Brazil in the round of sixteen. From then on, the team has qualified for every World Cup since, up to and including the 2014 World Cup. The national team improved on an international level, reaching the quarter-finals of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, where they lost to Germany 1-0. In 2009 they reached the final of the FIFA Confederations Cup, eliminating top-ranked Spain 2-0 in the semi-finals before losing to Brazil 3–2 in the final.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

The first United States national team was constituted in 1885, when they played Canada in the first international match held outside the UK. Canada defeated the U.S. 1–0 in Newark, New Jersey. The United States had their revenge the following year when they 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 United States 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 U.S fielded a team in the 1930 World Cup in Uruguay, the first ever World Cup. 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.[8][9][10][11] 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.[12] 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.[13] 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 or Europe. There was no official soccer tournament in the 1932 Olympic Games. In an informal tournament, the United States finished first, followed by Mexico and Canada.[citation needed] The Olympic soccer tournament was reinstated in the 1936 Olympic Games.

The 1950 World Cup was the United States's first World Cup appearance since 1934. The USA lost its first match 3–1 against Spain, but then won 1–0 against England at Independência Stadium, in the city of Belo Horizonte. Striker Joe Gaetjens was the goal scorer. The result is considered one of the greatest upsets in the history of sports. Months before the famous World Cup loss to the USA, England had beaten an all-star "rest of Europe" side 6–1 in an exhibition match. Sports Illustrated and Soccer Digest have called World Cup upset by the Americans in 1950 the "Miracle on Grass,"[14] a reference to the Miracle on Ice. In USA's third game of the 1950 tournament, a defeat to Chile by a 5–2 margin saw the U.S. eliminated from the tournament. It would be four decades before the United States made another appearance at the World Cup Finals.

Attempted success[edit]

After the creation and rise of the North American Soccer League in the 1960s and 1970s, it seemed as though the U.S. national team would soon become a force in world soccer. Such hopes were not realized, however, and the United States played only two international matches from 1981 to 1983.

To provide a more stable national team program and renew interest in the NASL, U.S. Soccer entered the national team into the NASL 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. Team America finished the season at the bottom of the league. U.S Soccer cancelled this experiment and withdrew the national team from the NASL. By the end of 1984, the NASL had folded, and there was no senior outdoor soccer league operating in the United States.[15]

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.

The United States bid to host the 1986 World Cup after Colombia withdrew from hosting due to economic concerns, but Mexico was chosen to host the tournament. In the last game of CONCACAF qualifying for the 1986 World Cup, the U.S. needed only a draw 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.[16] Costa Rica won the match 1-0, and kept the United States from reaching its fourth World Cup finals.[17]

In 1988, U.S. Soccer attempted to re-implement its national-team-as-club concept, offering contracts to national team players to build an international team with something of a club ethos, while loaning them out to their club teams, saving U.S. Soccer the expense of their salaries. This brought many key veterans back to the team, and the success of the NASL during the 1970s had created an influx of talent from burgeoning grass-roots level clubs and youth programs. Thus U.S. Soccer sought to establish a more stable foundation for participation in the 1990 World Cup than had existed for previous tournaments.

Rise in the U.S.[edit]

In 1989, FIFA named the United States 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 away win in nearly two years, in the last match of the 1989 CONCACAF Championship, earned the United States its first World Cup appearance in 40 years.

For the 1990 World Cup in Italy, two of the team's more experienced players, Rick Davis and Hugo Perez, were recovering from serious injuries and unavailable for selection, and manager Bob Gansler selected many inexperienced players and recent college graduates. The U.S. lost all three of their group games to Czechoslovakia, Italy, and Austria.

In a historical match, in 1993 U.S. Cup, U.S. beat England by 2-0.[18]

Having qualified automatically as the host of the 1994 World Cup, the U.S. opened its tournament schedule with a 1–1 draw 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 United States won 2–1.[19] Escobar was later murdered in his home country, possibly in retaliation for this mistake.[20] 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 group of 16, the U.S. lost 1–0 to the eventual champion Brazil.[21]

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, and so finished in last place in its group and 32nd 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.[22] 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.[23]

In the 2002 World Cup 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 they met Germany. The team lost 1–0; after being denied a penalty when Torsten Frings handled the ball to prevent a Gregg Berhalter goal.

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 drew 1–1 against Italy, who went on to win the World Cup.[24] The United States 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.[25]

Recent success[edit]

After failing to maintain his 2002 success at the 2006 World Cup, Bruce Arena was replaced by his assistant Bob Bradley.

In the 2007 Gold Cup, the U.S. won its group. With a 2–1 win over Panama in the quarterfinals, the U.S. defeated Canada 2-1 in the semifinals. In the final, the United States beat Mexico 2–1, which qualified them for the 2009 Confederations Cup.[26] The team's disappointing Copa América 2007 campaign, fielding a second-tier team, ended after three defeats in the group stage.[27]

The highlight of summer 2009 was the 2009 Confederations Cup.[28] In the semifinals, the U.S. defeated Spain 2–0.[29] At the time, Spain was atop the FIFA World Rankings and was on a run of 15 straight wins and 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.[30] The United States then hosted the 2009 Gold Cup.[31] The United States defeated Panama 2–1 in the quarterfinals, and defeated Honduras 2-0 in the semifinals. 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, a loss that extended Mexico's losing streak against America on U.S. soil to 11 matches.[32] Next, the United States earned a 2–2 draw away to El Salvador.[33] Jozy Altidore became the youngest U.S. player to score a hat-trick, in a 3–0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago.[34] Next, the U.S. were defeated by Costa Rica 3–1.[35] The United States defeated Honduras 2–1. Near the end of the summer of 2009, the United States lost 2–1 to Mexico at Estadio Azteca. The United States then defeated El Salvador 2–1. Then the U.S. beat Trinidad and Tobago 1–0. On October 10, 2009, the United States 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 draw against Costa Rica.

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

The US team began their 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification with a 2–0 defeat to Brazil in the New Meadowlands Stadium. In preparation for the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the U.S. played three friendlies; a 1–1 draw to Argentina, a 1–0 loss to Paraguay, and a 4–0 loss to Spain.

The United States hosted the 2011 Gold Cup. The U.S. advanced past the group stage with a pair of victories over Guadeloupe and Canada, despite losing to Panama 2–1. This was the first defeat for the U.S. in a Gold Cup group stage match, and its first ever loss to Panama. In the quarterfinals, the United States defeated Jamaica 2–0. In the semifinals the U.S. avenged their group stage defeat with a 1–0 victory over Panama, and advanced to its fourth consecutive Gold Cup final, where the team faced Mexico in a rematch of the 2009 Gold Cup final. The United States was beaten by Mexico 4–2, extending Mexico's winning streak against the U.S. to three matches. It was also the second consecutive loss to Mexico on American soil.

Following the loss, Bob Bradley was relieved of his duties as coach. On July 29, 2011, Jürgen Klinsmann was named as the national team's head coach.

After their first six matches resulted in only a win and a draw against four losses, the U.S. embarked on a five-game winning streak. On February 29, 2012 the team won 1-0 in Italy, the first ever win for the USA over Italy. In 2012, the team began its World Cup qualification, and topped their third round qualification group with four wins, one draw and one defeat.

On June 2, 2013, the U.S. played a friendly against 2nd-ranked Germany in its Centennial celebration match at a sold out RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. The US won 4-3. This was the USMNT's first win over a top 2 ranked team since the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.

On June 6, 2013 the US beat Jamaica 2-1. On June 11, the U.S. beat Panama 2-0 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle[37] in front of almost 41,000 fans, the seventh largest crowd for a World Cup Qualifier on U.S. soil.[38] The game also drew the second largest TV audience on ESPN for a U.S. World Cup Qualifier.[39] On June 18, the U.S. followed with a 1-0 victory over Honduras at Rio Tinto Stadium.[40] In July 2013, the US hosted and played in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup where they went undefeated in the group stage and won with a 1-0 victory over Panama in the final,[41] a victory which represented a record 11th straight win.[42] A 4-3 victory over Bosnia in an international friendly match in Sarajevo[43] represented the 12th straight win for the USMNT, the longest winning streak for any team in the world at that time.[44] In the win, Jozy Altidore scored a hat trick and became the first US player to score a goal in five consecutive games.[45] The match was also the USMNT's first-ever come-from-behind win in Europe.[46]

On September 6, 2013, the 12 game winning streak came to an end when the U.S. lost to Costa Rica 3–1 at Costa Rica.[47] By defeating Mexico four days later, the U.S. clinched a spot in the 2014 World Cup.[48] Next the US beat Jamaica 2-0. The U.S. then defeated Panama 3-2.

For the 2014 World Cup, the U.S. was drawn into Group G, along with Ghana, Germany, and Portugal.[49]

Team image[edit]

Media coverage[edit]

ESPN has English rights to all friendlies and all home World Cup qualifiers from 2010 to 2014. Matches will be televised on ESPN or ESPN2. beIN Sport USA has English rights to all away World Cup qualifiers from 2010 to 2014. Univision has Spanish rights to USA's national team matches from 2010 to 2014. Matches will be televised on Univision, UniMás, or Galavision

Uniforms[edit]

Since their first unofficial game against Canada, the uniforms have frequently featured white tops with blue shorts. In 1950, the US adopted a Peru style, featuring a diagonal stripe across the shirt. The stripe has been on third kits for 2003, 2004, and 2006, as well as the 2010 home, away and third kits. Adidas was the uniform provider for the United States from 1985 until 1994. Since 1995, Nike has been the uniform supplier.[50]

Rivalries[edit]

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. It was the first victory for the United States against Mexico on Mexican soil in 75 years.

Supporters[edit]

The main supporter groups backing the United States men's national soccer team are Sam's Army and The American Outlaws. Sam's Army started shortly after the 1994 World Cup in the United States.

The American Outlaws was started in Lincoln, Nebraska as a local supporters' group. The group's membership attempted to address a lack of consistency from game to game in supporter organization and social events on match days. To achieve this goal the American Outlaws became a nationwide, non-profit, supporters' group.

Sam's Army members wear red to matches, sing or chant throughout the match, and often bring huge American flags and other banners to the game. The American Outlaws can be further distinguished by the fact that they wear American flag bandanas over their faces. The two groups are usually put together in a "supporters' section" at US home games.

Home stadium[edit]

United States does not have a national stadium, though international matches are usually played at various large venues around the country, the most popular being RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., where 21 matches have been held.

Coaching staff[edit]

PositionNameCountryNotes
Head coachJürgen KlinsmannGermany GermanyPreviously head coach of the German national team and Bayern Munich.
Assistant coachMartín VásquezUnited States United States / Mexico MexicoPreviously director of soccer operations of Real Salt Lake - AZ Academy.
Assistant coachAndreas HerzogAustria AustriaFormer head coach of the Austria national under-21 football team.
Goalkeeping coachChris WoodsEngland EnglandFormer England goalkeeper, and current Manchester United goalkeeping coach.

Players[edit]

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

Current squad[edit]

The following 21 players were called up a friendly against Ukraine on March 5, 2014.

Caps and goals are updated as of February 1, 2014

0#0Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
1GKTim Howard(1979-03-06) March 6, 1979 (age 34)960England Everton
1GKBrad Guzan(1984-09-09) September 9, 1984 (age 29)240England Aston Villa
1GKCody Cropper(1993-02-16) February 16, 1993 (age 21)00England Southampton
2DFOguchi Onyewu(1982-05-13) May 13, 1982 (age 31)686England Sheffield Wednesday
2DFGeoff Cameron(1985-07-11) July 11, 1985 (age 28)231England Stoke City
2DFEdgar Castillo(1986-10-08) October 8, 1986 (age 27)150Mexico Tijuana
2DFJohn Brooks(1993-01-28) January 28, 1993 (age 21)20Germany Hertha BSC
2DFAlfredo Morales(1990-05-12) May 12, 1990 (age 23)10Germany Ingolstadt 04
2DFWill Packwood(1993-05-21) May 21, 1993 (age 20)00England Birmingham City
3MFSacha Kljestan(1985-09-09) September 9, 1985 (age 28)454Belgium Anderlecht
3MFJermaine Jones(1981-11-03) November 3, 1981 (age 32)382Turkey Beşiktaş
3MFBrek Shea(1990-02-28) February 28, 1990 (age 24)252England Barnsley
3MFAlejandro Bedoya(1987-04-29) April 29, 1987 (age 26)251France Nantes
3MFFabian Johnson(1987-12-11) December 11, 1987 (age 26)180Germany 1899 Hoffenheim
3MFDaniel Williams(1989-03-08) March 8, 1989 (age 24)120England Reading
3MFJulian Green(1995-06-06) June 6, 1995 (age 18)00Germany Bayern Munich
4FWClint Dempsey(1983-03-09) March 9, 1983 (age 30)10136United States Seattle Sounders
4FWJozy Altidore(1989-11-06) November 6, 1989 (age 24)6621England Sunderland
4FWJuan Agudelo(1992-11-23) November 23, 1992 (age 21)172Netherlands Utrecht
4FWTerrence Boyd(1991-02-16) February 16, 1991 (age 23)120Austria Rapid Wien
4FWAron Jóhannsson(1990-11-10) November 10, 1990 (age 23)61Netherlands AZ

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players were named in a squad in the last twelve months.

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GKTally Hall(1985-05-12) May 12, 1985 (age 28)00United States Houston Dynamov.  South Korea; February 1, 2014
GKBill Hamid(1990-11-25) November 25, 1990 (age 23)10United States D.C. Unitedv.  South Korea; February 1, 2014
GKSean Johnson(1989-05-31) May 31, 1989 (age 24)40United States Chicago Firev.  South Korea; February 1, 2014
GKNick Rimando(1979-06-17) June 17, 1979 (age 34)130United States Real Salt Lakev.  South Korea; February 1, 2014
DFTim Ream(1987-10-05) October 5, 1987 (age 26)80England Bolton Wanderersv.  Ukraine; March 5, 2014
DFMatt Besler(1987-02-11) February 11, 1987 (age 27)130United States Sporting Kansas Cityv.  South Korea; February 1, 2014
DFBrad Evans(1985-04-20) April 20, 1985 (age 28)171United States Seattle Sounders FCv.  South Korea; February 1, 2014
DFOmar Gonzalez(1988-10-11) October 11, 1988 (age 25)170United States Los Angeles Galaxyv.  South Korea; February 1, 2014
DFClarence Goodson(1982-05-17) May 17, 1982 (age 31)455United States San Jose Earthquakesv.  South Korea; February 1, 2014
DFMichael Harrington(1986-01-24) January 24, 1986 (age 28)00United States Portland Timbersv.  South Korea; February 1, 2014
DFChris Klute(1990-03-05) March 5, 1990 (age 23)00United States Colorado Rapidsv.  South Korea; February 1, 2014
DFChance Myers(1987-12-07) December 7, 1987 (age 26)00United States Sporting Kansas Cityv.  South Korea; February 1, 2014
DFShane O'Neill(1993-09-02) September 2, 1993 (age 20)00United States Colorado Rapidsv.  South Korea; February 1, 2014
DFMichael Parkhurst(1984-01-24) January 24, 1984 (age 30)240United States Columbus Crewv.  South Korea; February 1, 2014
DFSeth Sinovic(1987-01-28) January 28, 1987 (age 27)00United States Sporting Kansas Cityv.  South Korea; February 1, 2014
DFDeAndre Yedlin(1993-07-09) July 9, 1993 (age 20)10United States Seattle Sounders FCv.  South Korea; February 1, 2014
DFDaMarcus Beasley(1982-05-24) May 24, 1982 (age 31)11417Mexico Pueblav.  Austria; November 19, 2013
DFEric Lichaj(1988-11-17) November 17, 1988 (age 25)100England Nottingham Forestv.  Austria; November 19, 2013
DFMichael Orozco(1986-02-07) February 7, 1986 (age 28)113Mexico Pueblav.  Austria; November 19, 2013
DFTony Beltran(1987-10-11) October 11, 1987 (age 26)20United States Real Salt Lakev.  Panama; July 28, 2013
DFCorey Ashe(1986-03-14) March 14, 1986 (age 27)00United States Houston Dynamov.  Costa Rica; July 16, 2013
DFJustin Morrow(1987-10-04) October 4, 1987 (age 26)10Canada Toronto FCv.  Mexico; March 26, 2013
MFMichael Bradley(1987-07-31) July 31, 1987 (age 26)8211Canada Toronto FCv.  Ukraine; March 5, 2014
MFMikkel Diskerud(1990-10-02) October 2, 1990 (age 23)172Norway Rosenborgv.  Ukraine; March 5, 2014
MFEric Alexander(1988-04-14) April 14, 1988 (age 25)20United States New York Red Bullsv.  South Korea; February 1, 2014
MFKyle Beckerman(1982-04-23) April 23, 1982 (age 31)341United States Real Salt Lakev.  South Korea; February 1, 2014
MFBrad Davis(1981-11-08) November 8, 1981 (age 32)130United States Houston Dynamov.  South Korea; February 1, 2014
MFBenny Feilhaber(1985-01-19) January 19, 1985 (age 29)412United States Sporting Kansas Cityv.  South Korea; February 1, 2014
MFDax McCarty(1987-04-30) April 30, 1987 (age 26)50United States New York Red Bullsv.  South Korea; February 1, 2014
MFGraham Zusi(1986-08-18) August 18, 1986 (age 27)193United States Sporting Kansas Cityv.  South Korea; February 1, 2014
MFJoe Corona(1990-07-09) July 9, 1990 (age 23)112Mexico Tijuanav.  Mexico; September 10, 2013
MFJosé Francisco Torres(1987-10-29) October 29, 1987 (age 26)260Mexico UANLv.  Mexico; September 10, 2013
MFStuart Holden(1985-08-01) August 1, 1985 (age 28)253England Bolton Wanderersv.  Panama; July 28, 2013
MFJoshua Gatt(1991-08-29) August 29, 1991 (age 22)20Norway Moldev.  Guatemala; July 5, 2013
MFMaurice Edu(1986-04-18) April 18, 1986 (age 27)451United States Philadelphia Unionv.  Belgium; May 29, 2013
FWLandon Donovan(1982-03-04) March 4, 1982 (age 31)15557United States Los Angeles Galaxyv.  South Korea; February 1, 2014
FWEddie Johnson(1984-03-31) March 31, 1984 (age 29)6219United States D.C. Unitedv.  South Korea; February 1, 2014
FWMike Magee(1984-09-02) September 2, 1984 (age 29)00United States Chicago Firev.  South Korea; February 1, 2014
FWChris Wondolowski(1983-01-28) January 28, 1983 (age 31)188United States San Jose Earthquakesv.  South Korea; February 1, 2014
FWBobby Wood(1992-11-15) November 15, 1992 (age 21)10Germany 1860 Munichv.  Bosnia and Herzegovina; August 14, 2013
FWWill Bruin(1989-10-24) October 24, 1989 (age 24)20United States Houston Dynamov.  Panama; July 28, 2013
FWAlan Gordon(1981-10-16) October 16, 1981 (age 32)10United States San Jose Earthquakesv.  Panama; July 28, 2013
FWHerculez Gomez(1982-04-06) April 6, 1982 (age 31)246Mexico Tijuanav.  Costa Rica; July 16, 2013
FWJack McInerney(1992-08-02) August 2, 1992 (age 21)00United States Philadelphia Unionv.  Costa Rica; July 16, 2013

Results and fixtures[edit]

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

2013[edit]

2014[edit]

Records[edit]

Active players are shown in Bold.
Most Caps
#PlayerCapsGoalsCareer
1Cobi Jones164151992–2004
2Landon Donovan155572000–present
3Jeff Agoos13441988–2003
4Marcelo Balboa128131988–2000
5DaMarcus Beasley114172001–present
6Claudio Reyna11181994–2006
7TCarlos Bocanegra110142001–2012
7TPaul Caligiuri11051984–1997
9Eric Wynalda106341990–2000
10Kasey Keller10201990–2007
Top Goalscorers
#PlayerGoalsCapsCareer
1Landon Donovan571552000–present
2Clint Dempsey361012004–present
3Eric Wynalda341061990–2000
4Brian McBride30951993–2006
5Joe-Max Moore241001992–2002
6TJozy Altidore21662007–present
6TBruce Murray21861985–1993
8Eddie Johnson19622004–present
9TEarnie Stewart171011990–2004
9TDaMarcus Beasley171142001–present

Competitive record[edit]

For the all-time record of the national team against opposing nations, see the team's all-time record page.

The United States has competed at the FIFA World Cup, the FIFA Confederations Cup, as well as NAFC and CONCACAF regional tournaments. The U.S. has also played in the Copa América by invitation, as well as several minor tournaments. The U.S. men's team played in the Summer Olympics when that tournament was considered a full international tournament, but since 1988, the men's Olympic event has been age-restricted, 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. 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.

In the Confederations Cup, the United States has 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. 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 the Olympics, the United States finished fourth in 2000, they also finished 9th in 2008 with a 1-1-1 record.

In regional competitions, the United States won the Gold Cup several times. Their best ever finish at the Copa América came in a fourth place finish in 1995.

FIFA World Cup[edit]

FIFA World Cup record
YearResultPositionPldWDLGFGA
Uruguay 1930Semi-Final[7]3rd320176
Italy 1934Round 116th100117
France 1938Withdrew
Brazil 1950Group Stage10th310248
Switzerland 1954Did Not Qualify
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970
Germany 1974
Argentina 1978
Spain 1982
Mexico 1986
Italy 1990Group Stage23rd300328
United States 1994Round of 1614th411234
France 1998Group Stage32nd300315
South Korea Japan 2002Quarter-Final8th521277
Germany 2006Group Stage25th301226
South Africa 2010Round of 1612th412155
Brazil 2014Qualified
Total10/220 Titles2975173256

FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

FIFA Confederations Cup record
YearResultPositionPldWDLGFGA
Saudi Arabia 1992Third Place3rd210155
Saudi Arabia 1995Did Not Qualify
Saudi Arabia 1997
Mexico 1999Third Place3rd530253
South Korea Japan 2001Did Not Qualify
France 2003Group Stage7th301213
Germany 2005Did Not Qualify
South Africa 2009Runners-up2nd520389
Brazil 2013Did Not Qualify
Total4/90 Titles124171517

Summer Olympics[edit]

Summer Olympics record
YearResultPositionPldWDLGFGA
1896-1904No official tournaments took place
United Kingdom 1908Did not enter
1912-1920Did not qualify
France 1924Round 214th210113
Netherlands 1928Round 116th1001211
Nazi Germany 1936Round 116th100101
United Kingdom 1948Did not qualify
Finland 1952Round 126th100108
Australia 1956Quarter-finals8th100119
1960-1968Did not qualify
Germany 1972Group stage14th3012010
Canada 1976Did not qualify
Soviet Union 1980Withdrew
United States 1984Group stage11th311152
South Korea 1988Group stage12th201235
1992 – presentSee United States national under-23 team
Total14/270 Titles3178163482

CONCACAF Gold Cup[edit]

CONCACAF Championship 1963-1989, CONCACAF Gold Cup since 1991.

CONCACAF Gold Cup record
YearResultPositionPldWDLGFGA
1963-1971Did Not Enter
Costa Rica 1969Did not qualify
Trinidad and Tobago 1971
Haiti 1973
Mexico 1977
Honduras 1981
1985Group stage421143
1989Runners-up2nd843163
United States 1991Champions1st5410103
United StatesMexico 1993Runners-up2nd540155
United States 1996Third place3rd430183
United States 1998Runners-up2nd430162
United States 2000Quarter-finals5th321062
United States 2002Champions1st541091
United StatesMexico 2003Third place3rd540134
United States 2005Champions1st6420113
United States 2007Champions1st6600133
United States 2009Runners-up2nd6411128
United States 2011Runners-up2nd640296
United States 2013Champions1st6600204
Total14/225 Titles735410913250

CONMEBOL Copa América[edit]

CONMEBOL Copa América record
YearResultPositionPldWDLGFGA
Ecuador 1993Group stage12th301236
Uruguay 1995Fourth place4th621367
Venezuela 2007Group stage12th300328
Total3/430 Titles122281121

Honors[edit]

Major Competitions

Third Place (1): 1930
Runners-Up (1): 2009
Third Place (2): 1992, 1999
Winners (5): 1991, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2013
Runners-Up (5): 1989, 1993, 1998, 2009, 2011
Third Place (2): 1996, 2003
Fourth Place (1): 1995

Minor Competitions

Gold Medal (1): 1991
Bronze Medal (2): 1959, 1999
Winners (3): 1992, 1995, 2000
Winners (1): 1989

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